Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Flood Relief is not Combat.

Selig S. Harrison's August 26th 2010 OpEd "China's Discreet Hold on Northern Borderlands (here) (an OpEd is not the same as a report) published by the New York Time has caused a stir -- it claims China has deployed 7000 to 11,000 PLA soldiers in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Today, after a refute by Mian Jahangir Iqbal,New York Press Counselor Permanent mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, Harrison retraced his initial statement

True, the Chinese in Gilgit-Baltistan are not combat soldiers, and their work on flood relief and economic development has positive benefits. But the impact of such a large foreign presence in a thinly populated, undeveloped region has been profound.

You can read the entire exchange from the New York Times link posted above.


Michael said...

so china helps it gets criticize, china doesn't help it gets criticize...anyone else thinks that china is the victim of being constantly bullied and analyzed in everything they do? while other nations can genocide no one cares, but if china even breathers wrongly its blown on the news 24/7

Coatepeque said...

The price to pay for being the "rising star" of the geo-politic, better get use to it.