HAS CHINA OPENED A PLAY STORE FOR POOR MARKETS?

Pakistan a test bed for Chinese weaponry

According to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), from rifles to aircraft and warships, China has become the dominant supplier of weapons to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Around 35% of China’s arms supplies went to Pakistan between 2013 and 2017, followed by 19% to Bangladesh. Dhaka procured 71% of its arms from China over the five-year period, and Myanmar 68%.With the decline in US military aid, Pakistan’s arms imports from China rose from 45% of its total weapons imports in 2008-12 to 70% in 2013-17.

Poor quality keeps global market away

Despite this attention, China still faces a number of hurdles in the global defense trade industry and have not been able to make serious inroads. Why is their customer base so small and so focused on just a handful of systems? This could be attributed to lack of political trust followed by the poor quality of Chinese products which have formed a very poor impression of Chinese made products. There have been concerns among some buyers about the quality of Chinese weapons. Therefore, despite low cost, the Chinese defense industry has been unable to make a mark due to malfunctioning systems or defective weapon designs. Additionally, China lacks extra services, such as training and the maintenance of equipment and arms.

As per reports, in September last year, Chinese exhibitors apparently struggled to find buyers at an air show in South Africa even as officials in Beijing aggressively tried to secure deals for the JF-17 fighter.Nigeria is currently the only African country with JF-17s on order.

Malfunctioning of Chinese weapons caused fatal injuries and caused embarrassment

When UK purchased four brand new Chinese attack helicopters, one of them crashed shortly after delivery, causing an apparent freeze in new acquisitions. Similarly, during an Indonesian Navy exercise on 14 Sept 2016, two Chinese made C-705 missiles failed to hit their targets after launching from two KCR-40 attack ships. This was a particularly embarrassing setback for Chinese because Indonesian President Joko Widodo personally witnessed it.

Chinese weapon a big hit with the gunslingers

Chinese weapons have indeed become popular with warlords, rebel groups and militias around the world given the absence of competing arms dealers. Chinese anti-aircraft missiles have been spotted in the hands of South Sudanese government troops loyal to President Salva Kiir, while Khartoum-backed rebels answering to Riek Machar have also acquired brand new Chinese-made weapons.

China’s arms exports to Africa have coincided with a surge of investment by Chinese companies hoping to capitalize on the continent’s bountiful natural resources, as well as a steady buildup of Beijing’s own forces.

Chinese weaponry now the mainstay of Pakistan Army

China has become the world’s third largest weapons exporters with Pakistan emerging as the top recipient of its arms at 63%. China-made equipment and weaponry jointly developed and manufactured by China and Pakistan are now the main force of ground equipment in Pakistani military.

As per reliable sources, it is revealed that Pakistan had recently shmir from the arms bazaar in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province a vast black market for weapons, Inter-Services Intelligence and other quasi official sources.

ordered new weaponry including snipers & over 2000 ground-based launchers from China.These are now being used by Pakistan’s notorious Border Action Team

The Arms Pipeline: Pakistan Army to Kashmir

It is a known fact that much of this weaponry reaches Kashmir from the arms bazaar in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province a vast black market for weapons, Inter Services Intelligence and other quasi official sources.

The Arms Pipeline: The Chinese connection

Inquiry reports by security, intelligence agencies into CRPF camp attack in Lethpora on 31st Dec 17, have revealed startling facts. It is now ascertained that Pakistani terrorists are using Chinese steel bullets to target Indian forces in J&K. The bulletproof jackets used by the CRPF jawans were fit to repel bullets having copper head. However, JeM terrorists used bullets made up of steel which forensic reports suggest is being supplied to Pakistani ordinance factories by China.

Pakistan bleeding but Chinese interests in Pakistan succeeding

As previously covered by Viewpoint, the two countries see eye to eye on an array of political and economic issues that make them natural partners as they both seek to enhance their regional influence and protect their strategic interests. Firstly, they are united in their distrust of India’s strategic intentions and growing power. Seeking to challenge US hegemony across various areas and with enough heft to keep India unbalanced, either directly or through Pakistan.
Secondly, China is close (has succeeded) to supplanting the US as the major supplier to Pakistan of military equipment.
China also casts covetous eyes on Pakistan’s fine saltwater ports as a strategic option for the transshipment of oil and other natural resources. To this end she is investing heavily in Pakistan’s transportation and communication infrastructure development.

Conclusion

Beijing is building new ships, aircraft, drones and tanks that, which are actually foreign designs that state companies have licensed, stolen, or reverse-engineered. (Eg. The Changhe Z-8 helicopter – French Super Frelon, The Harbin Z-9 – Eurocopter Dauphin, The Type 99 tank – updated Soviet T-72). Since very little is known about China’s homemade weaponry no one knows if any of it actually works. Pakistan should, therefore, stop becoming a test bed for China and buy a rifle for fighting, not for fun. Also, China as a responsible nation should refrain from cheap arms sales to the warlords and improve upon their designs in order to reach the global market.

14 Mar 2018/Wednesday.

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