22 Nov 17/Wednesday.
In this article is on a subject which the Pakistani Government is not going to tell its people. It has been trying to hide the true interest of Chinese government from its people, however with the recent developments in the neighbourhood it has come out in clear that true friend of Pakistan is not a friend but a Capitalist country which may or may not support if the Pakistani cause does not have the ability to fill its coffers.
China is no communist country, unlike erstwhile USSR which was basically a communist country, with a basic hatred to all capitalist countries. We can say that it was communist at national and international level. However, China is a communist country with a different agenda. It is a country which has strong determination to dominate the world in all spheres. This blind thirst to be superior in the world by the Chinese Government sees no bound. Chinese leadership has four-pronged approach to world domination described below
The Chinese government has strict control of its population. People within its own country are not free to move around and do business freely. Minutest of opposition or questioning is crushed. Labour in rural areas cannot migrate to other areas to seek employment. Their control is total. Even Pakistanis visiting their country are subjected to full scrutiny and cannot deviate. Recently Chinese government undertook oppressive methods on people following Islam and ordered them to deposit Quran and display the Chinese Supreme Leaders Photograph in their Drawing rooms. It is a matter of controversy to see our country is supporting such country which follows blasphemy.
Restrictions on own market
The Chinese government also restricts its market to foreigners by imposing travel restrictions and long delays in processing visa applications even to friendly countries like Pakistan. However, in contrast, a Chinese citizen can get longish multiple entry visas in 24 hours from Pakistani counterparts, the Chinese issue a visa for no more than three months with only 3 entry permits also to note is the processing of visa application which takes about 30 days. Such impediments for doing business in Chinese mainland is making the Chinese market inaccessible: a way to protect its wealth from leaking into another economy.
Over Seas Acquisition by State Financing
Chinese firms of late have been continuously acquiring various industry leaders. Recently the world giant such as Lenovo, Nortel, and other firms have been acquired by Chinese firms. Thus, their access to Intellectual Property (IP)of these companies which were decades ahead of Chinese companies was acquired by just paying a paltry sum of money. Much of the money is paid to Chinese companies by their government in the name of research and development fund. Such funds are not available to any Pakistani company hence such acquisitions are a dream, thus no IPR will ever originate from Pakistani soil. The most recent one is Chinese firm trying to bid for Online Chat service provider Whatsapp, the US government had to intervene and pay up Facebook to outbid a Chinese company. In September this year (2017), Trump administration blocked the sale of Lattice Semiconductor, a leading chipmaker in the US, for $1.3billion to Chinese backed Capital Partners. The deal was being financed by the Chinese government to gain access to important Intellectual Property held by that company. The US administration has already launched an investigation in this regards. This shows that US government has now woken up from sleep to guard Intellectual Property Rights held by its country.
Although Chinese espionage targets the whole world for world dominance a major thrust is in gaining technological acquisition and military modernization. The technology required by Chinese is spotted and Chinese use every means to acquire the technology. First to use is the espionage, second is a partnership and last is acquiring the IPR holder. This enables them to undercut the expenditure in research and enable them to leapfrog to the forefront by overcoming the cultural disadvantage and leveraging the creativity of other nations. Here we should remember that the Chinese do not have freedom of opinion in their country due to its strict communist governance, thus curtailing creativity to a large extent. This leapfrogging is enabling it to achieve one of the greatest wealth transfer. It is reported that the Chinese had successfully infiltrated into US defence research networks and were successful in exfiltration highly classified documents of F-35 project and incorporated the J-20 fighter.
Russian federation never used corruption openly in taking on the western capitalist countries. However, the Chinese are different if all the above steps fail they entice the target countries like Pakistan. It is a matter of fact our country has sold its Islamic soul to Chinese government. The fault lies in Pakistan Army as they were till date custodians of our country as democracy has always brought with it ultimate form of corruption. When such pristine organisation itself get corrupt who can save the protected from a foreign molester. How on earth can the Pakistan Army explain their 20-Billion-dollar stake in around 50 conglomerates stretching from Banks, Industrial Plants, Universities etc. They get prime plots in real estate projects and have all the amenities from these business houses where their investments are held. It looks like the Chinese are the internal force which wants Pakistan to fight with its neighbours like Afghanistan and India by fomenting ideas into our Generals in Pakistan Army and bribing them to spread such ideas. We have been fighting India tooth and nail from the day we got independence and China has been supporting us without any return. A purely business oriented country like China is having ulterior motives and it just wants to see two of its neighbours fighting while it is silently watching without spending a drop of blood.
Finally, the essence of this article is that the Chinese have corrupted Pakistani society and now are trying to buy the soul of Pakistan by bribing its Politicians, Generals, and Bureaucracy, to finally enslave it. A neighbouring country recently got a loan almost of the same amount at fraction of percentile and Pakistan gets a similar loan at a very high rate of interest, which finally will bind our country to follow China for many years to come. Being a citizen what can we do? Can we stand with high morals? When no Muslim is allowed to take interest or give interest on a loan in sharia, then how come Pakistan as a islamic country is giving interest to Chinese. In this connection even our Maulvis and Mullahs are not debating and showing the true path to Pakistani citizens.
The author is pursuing research in Finance and Audit from Lahore.