China is not hiding its intent to extend its military might in Asia. After staking its claim in the south China Sea and raising the ire of the Southeast Asian nations. The temperature in the region seems to be cooling down, but China is rocking the boat once again but this time, in South Asia.
WION news released an exclusive shot showing what seemed to be Chinese military vehicles patrolling deep within the Pamir region in Eastern Afghanistan. The region is a small patch of the area bordered by China, Pakistan, India, and Tajikistan. It is home to the little-known minority group called the Shia Ismaili.
The picture was taken from afar and does not really reveal much or confirm whether the Chinese-made military vehicles patrolling the area are really part of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China. However, eyewitnesses in the region said that the Chinese military is directly involved in the surveillance.
Justin Bronk, a Senior Analyst at the Royal United Services Institute in London confirmed that the vehicles are indeed the Chinese counterparts of the Western humvee-type vehicles.
“The Humvee-type vehicle is very identifiable as a Mengshi 4×4, also known as the Dongfeng EQ 2050. They have very distinctive markings on the doors which are absent from US-manufactured Humvees, ” he said.
He also added that the vehicles are currently a part of the PLA. Moreover, Dongfeng is a military vehicle manufacturer in China along with another well-known manufacturer, Norinco.
If the reports are indeed true, then China is guilty of breaching international border laws. However, other experts say that there is also a possibility that the Afghan armies are replacing its vehicles with Chinese made models since they are cheaper than US-made ones.
But the sources inside the region maintained that the PLA enters the region twice a month via Tajikistan to patrol the area. Whatever China’s motivation hasn’t been known yet but it could be part of their plan to strengthen their policy in Asia.
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