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DSA July 2012 - Gilgit Baltistan: The Chinese Shadow

Would Gwadar slacken the sloc noose at Malacca for China? by Rear Adm S Kulshrestha

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Author: Rear Adm (Dr) S Kulshrestha (Retd)
Oil tankers from Gulf transit about 6,000 nm and those from the African coast transit about 10,000 nm before they discharge their energy cargo at Chinese ports. Both the tanker routes have to pass through Malacca Straits in addition to problem zones in their respective routes. If tankers can unload at Gwadar, they would have to travel only about 680 nm from the Gulf and about 3,000 nm from African coast.


Red Dragon India’s North-West by Lt Gen Kamal Davar

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Author: Lt Gen Kamal Davar PVSM, AVSM (Retd)

South Asia scholar Selig Harrison was the first to break the news in August 2010 in The New York Times that an estimated 7,000-11,000 Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers were deployed in Gilgit-Baltistan in the guise of engineering personnel and civil labour.


The Unfolding Great Game in Gilgit-Baltistan: India needs to Safeguard its Security Interests by Dr Arvind Gupta and Dr Ashok Behuria

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Author: Dr Arvind Gupta and Dr Ashok Behuria

A new great game is beginning to take shape around Gilgit-Baltistan which is situated in a strategically pivotal area, at the confluence of central, west, east and south Asia. For China it is a crucial link to the Arabian Sea and a strategic outpost against regional powers like India.


PLAAF-PAF nexus in POK by Air Vice Marshal A K Tiwary

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Author: Air Vice Marshal A K Tiwary VSM (Retd)

A very incisive article that highlights the possibility of Pakistan handing over its critical airbases of Gilgit, Skardu, Chilas, Chitral and Muzaffarabad to the PLAAF in the context of a two front war with India.

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