Pakistan and China have signed a 442 billion Pakistani Rupees contract to build a dam on the Indus river. The dam will have 8 million acre-feet (MAF) reservoirs and a height of 272-metre. It will be the tallest RCC dam in the world. The structure of the dam will consist of a spillway with 14 gates and 5 outlets for flushing out silt.
In case of emergency, there is a diversion system that involves two tunnels and a diversion canal each of 1 kilometer long. The hydropower plant at the dam will be able to produce 21 MW power at full capacity. This dam is very important for Pakistan as it will increase the water capacity of Pakistan from 30 days to 48 days.
India’s Strong Protest
India protested the Sino-Pak joint venture as it is in the disputed territory of Gilgit-Baltistan. India has cleared its stand over the matter. Recently India’s decision of weather forecasting of Gilgit-Baltistan was a diplomatic response to Pakistan clearing the clouds over the issue of territory in the northern region. In the past, India had protested against the “One Belt One Road” project as it ignored India’s essential concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a part of OBOR, which comes under the disputed PoK.
Our position is consistent and clear that the entire territory of the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are, and will continue to be an integral and inalienable part of India.Anurag Srivastava, Spokesperson, External Affairs Ministry
China’s Vested Interests?
China has a motive to integrate India’s northern part into its sphere by political, economic, and military support. China’s wants to connect China’s Kashgar in Xinjiang to Balochistan’s Gwadar port that China is constructing. To do so, both countries signed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It is estimated that this route consists of resources and a market of 1.8 million people and has a potential of business of ~$60 billion. China and Pakistan have support from each other on the international platform in the matter of PoK.
Increasing Terrorist Attacks
Since the Coronavirus outbreak, terrorist activities backed by Pakistan have increased. In the recent Doda terrorist attack in J&K, the army neutralized the attack by the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorist group and killed top HM commander Tahir Ahmed Bhat. In past terrorist attacks in Handwara, Kupwara and Pulwama were also neutralized by the Indian Armed Forces. The army is on alert after standoffs with Chinese forces in Sikkim and Ladakh.