During Xi Jinping’s visit this week, Pakistan’s military said it would form a special security division to protect Chinese nationals working on development projects in Pakistan, the New York Times reports:
Raza Rumi, a [Reagan-Fascell] fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, called the Chinese visit a “defining moment” for Pakistan. But, he warned, much hinges on Pakistan’s ability to manage the Baluch insurgency.
“Sooner or later, Pakistan will have to find a political solution to ensure that work planned in Gwadar and Baluchistan proceeds as planned,” he said.
Both Uighur and Pakistani Taliban militants have been targeting Chinese nationals in Pakistan, the BBC reports:
The Baloch insurgents have their roots in socialist ideology, but they too dismiss the Chinese as allies of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province which they accuse of “robbing” Balochistan’s resources.