Sym­po­sium on 'Geopol­i­tics of China, In­dia & Pak­istan'

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'China has come a long way since its in­cep­tion and new rules of en­gage­ment have to be set­tled be­tween China, In­dia and Pak­istan. Pak­istan must sense the chang­ing face of the jug­ger­naut and deal it ac­cord­ingly as the typ­i­cal Sino-pak friend­ship would be threat­ened by the power of mar­ket forces which cre­ated the mod­ern China' . These thoughts were expressed by INSEAD Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus and pro­lific writer and world renowned ex­pert on China Jonathan Story while speak­ing to a sym­po­sium or­gan­ised at ' Geopol­i­tics of China, In­dia and Pak­istan'. Story main­tained that we have to see where we are now. He sal­lied fourth that China's eco­nomic progress is the most sig­nif­i­cant event in last twenty years which also gave rise to Asia Pa­cific re­gion. He per­tained that in 1958 China and Al­ba­nia were the poor­est coun­tries but fifty years down the line China is re­con­struct­ing sys­tems of the world, which he men­tioned­will take longer time. INSEAD Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus and ex­pert on China Jonathan Story speak­ing at FIRD Di­a­logue Forum af­ter the sym­po­sium 'Geopol­i­tics of China, In­dia and Pak­istan' Con­tem­plat­ing Pak­istan, Mr Story stated that Pak­istan was in­fested with cru­cial prob­lems: Tax col­lec­tion, fail­ure of po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and volatile econ­omy. He ap­pro­pri­ated that 8 per­cent tax col­lec­tion of GDP was a wor­ry­ing fig­ure and in­ter­ven­tions in the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem of Pak­istan had wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion but the volatil­ity of econ­omy of coun­try is a hopeful in­di­ca­tor if right poli­cies are pur­sued. He ar­tic­u­lated that Pak­ista­nis are be­com­ing aware of army in­ter­ven­tions which might prove the big­gest block to the fu­ture coups. Mr Story pointed out the re­li­gious emer­gence in Pak­istan, In­dia and China which might give rise to ten­sions be­tween the three neigh­bour­ing states. He af­firmed that Em­peror in China lost cred­i­bil­ity as Com­mu­nist and re­li­gion is grow­ing. He also warned that Pak­istan would soon be deal­ing with a dif­fer­ent China due to the emerg­ing cor­po­rate power and it has to rec­on­cile it­self with the change. Mr Story pro­nounced that water will be the big­gest prob­lem for three coun­tries. He de­clared that Mao's move into Ti­bet in 1950 was to keep the water of re­gion. The prob­lem of water will be ra­di­at­ing po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions in years to come. In his final re­marks, Mr Jonathan Story claimed that there will be new en­gage­ments and new di­plo­macy for the re­gion based on the communal rifts and fron­tiers. He con­cluded by say­ing that,“we should start talk­ing about the pol­icy which can mit­i­gate the prob­lems of the world”. Toaha Qureshi MBE Chair­man Forum for In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions De­vel­op­ment stressed upon the Pak­istani Gov­ern­ment not to take China for granted. He re­ferred to Chi­nese decision of grant­ing visas to In­di­ans from Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir as a wa­ter­shed in the Sino-pak re­la­tions and a wakeup call to the movers and shak­ers in Pak­istan. Qureshi as­serted that China is a com­plex phe­nom­e­non and it has to be un­der­stood from all the an­gles. The oft re­peated stance from Pak­istan tak­ing China as 'friend for­ever' might land the na­tion into shod­dier wa­ters as seen in the long stand­ing Us-pak­istan ro­mance as well. FIRD fel­low Talha Qureshi con­sti­tuted that emerg­ing economies of the world were talked about in great deal. He claimed that China had sur­passed Ja­pan in gen­er­at­ing sur­pluses and Asian economies per­for­mance had been so much bet­ter they be­came the lender of fi­nance to the de­vel­op­ing and de­vel­oped coun­tries. Talha con­jec­tured that present world is fight­ing for nat­u­ral re­sources and lead­ing the way is China by be­com­ing the power house of the World. FIRD Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor Arif Anis Ma­lik led into the his­tor­i­cal back ground of Sino-pak Re­la­tion­ship and how it re­lated to In­dia. He di­vulged that rise of China wit­nessed 10 per­cent GDP growth dur­ing last two decade and that en­abled china to spend $ 687 bil­lion to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment which cre­ated 14 mil­lion jobs in the re­gion. Fur­ther­more, he as­serted that rise of China touched down two dilem­mas also; one be­ing the per­sua­sion of be­ing su­per power and the other is iden­tity dilemma. He claimed that the corner stone of Pak-china re­la­tion­ship­was set in 1960's and China was the only Com­mu­nist state Pak­istan had re­la­tion­ship with. Ac­cord­ing to Ma­lik, it was Pak­istan who paved the way for Henry Kissinger's visit to Bei­jing and played a de­ter­min­ing role in shap­ing up China-us re­la­tion­ship in 1970s. How­ever, Dr Ma­lik per­tained that In­dia was com­pet­ing with China in 21st cen­tury on eco­nomic fron­tiers and the mem­o­ries of 1962's con­flict were not fading away. Se­nior Fel­low at Forum for In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions De­vel­op­ment, Phillip Lin­gard and Sheikh Mansur Deputy Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Peo­ples Party of Pak­istan, Saad Mah­mood and Umar Mah­mood also spoke at the oc­ca­sion. A large num­ber of com­mu­nity lead­ers, re­searchers and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents at­tended the event. *Cour­tesy by FIRD (Forum for In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions

De­vel­op­ment), London. United King­dom.

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