Washington: Concerned over the situation in the Taliban-infested northwest region of Pakistan, the Obama administration has appealed to China to provide training and military equipment to help Islamabad counter a growing threat of militancy, according to a media report.
The proposal is part of a broad US push to enlist key allies of Pakistan in an effort to stabilise the country, the Boston Globe reported.
As part of the US effort to persuade Islamabad to step up action against militants while supporting its fragile civilian government and tottering economy, Richard Holbrooke, America’s special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, visited China and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, it noted.
The American appeal to China to provide training and even military equipment to help its close ally Pakistan underscores that country’s importance in security issues, the report said.
A senior US official, while acknowledging China’s hesitation to become more deeply involved, told the paper on the condition of anonymity: “You can see that they’re thinking about it.”
US officials believe that China is skilled at counter-insurgency, taking note of the country’s lengthy civil war that ended with a Communist victory in 1949. And with China’s strong military ties with Pakistan, US officials hope Beijing could help craft a more sophisticated strategy than Pakistan’s current heavy-handed approach, the report said.