border review | 1 December 2011

PLA road construction workers?

Colonel Hariharan, a retired Indian military intelligence specialist, wrote a piece for Eurasia Review on China’s impact on India-Nepal relations. It is, as one could expect, a very Indian and very strategic perspective. But then, between the lines, he mentions this:

Read in the light of escalating strategic collaboration between China and Pakistan including the involvement of PLA troops in the construction of strategic road links in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

People familiar with the region told me that they think it is just a rumour and they had not seen any PLA troops themselves. It is not uncommon to see Chinese road workers wearing pieces of military clothing. Still, if this is just a rumour, then it is a very persistent one. I have been hearing this for quite some time now and would be very interested to find out more about it.