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In an interview, Hu Shisheng, the Director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech is the “latest concern” for China and among its scholars.
The research institute is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security.
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Hu said the latest concern for India’s neighbor is PM Modi’s Independence Day speech in which he referred to issues like Kashmir (occupied by Pakistan) and Balochistan.
Alleging involvement of India in backing separatists in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, he said such an approach causes damage to the CPEC and China will have to get involved.
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Hu said Modi’s reference to the region, signals that New Delhi could raise tensions in the region as a tit for tat for Pakistan’s backing for terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. This he said will also further disturb India-China relations.
Hu noted the growing defence cooperation between India and the US was also a worrying factor of China.
He also said India will have to resist pressure exerted by the US and Japan to join them in countering China. “They are also luring India by giving high-technology deals and advanced military weapons. It is up to India whether India can resist this kind of temptation,” Hu said.