Commentary on Political Economy

Sunday 12 May 2019


This story just in from the Financial Times. If you think that Western imperialism - though now non-existent - drew the ire of "the wretched of the earth" (Franz Fanon), imagine how much more hatred and disgust the Han Chinese will arouse as they try (impotently) to spread their grubby tentacles around the globe! Enjoy!

A security guard has been killed in a separatist attack on a luxury hotel in Pakistan’s south-western city of Gwadar that appeared to target Chinese investors. The Pearl Continental hotel is often used by high-profile Pakistani and Chinese guests visiting the city. A senior government official in Gwadar on Saturday evening said there were no guests at the hotel because it was Ramadan — the period of Muslim fasting which began in Pakistan on Tuesday. “There were three to five gunmen who attacked the hotel. The hotel security guards confronted them and one of the guards was unfortunately killed,” he said.Gwadar overlooks the Arabian Sea and is widely known as a key port in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a network of high-speed trains, highways and pipelines that are a central part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.Officials in the provincial capital Quetta said the Balochistan Liberation Army, a separatist group linked to other attacks in the region, had claimed responsibility. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Chinese embassy in Pakistan “strongly condemned” the attack. “The heroic action of Pakistani Army & law enforcement agencies is highly appreciated. We express condolences to the families of the security guard who sacrificed his life & two security men who were injured,” the embassy said. “The last time I travelled to Gwadar in January, we had to go through two or three security check posts before we reached the Pearl Continental,” said a businessman based in the southern port city of Karachi.Pakistan has deployed more than 15,000 troops to protect Chinese nationals working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project and the attack is likely to affect investor confidence. “Gwadar and of course the Pearl Continental being targeted in this way was meant to remind us all that militant forces can hit locations including those which are supposed to be well-protected,” said Moonis Ahmer, a commentator on Pakistani affairs. A senior editor at China’s official state media group, Xinhua, said in a blog that the close relationship between Pakistan and China makes Chinese citizens a natural target for terror attacks. ”This isn’t the first and it won’t be the last,” he said. “In Pakistan, some terrorists are targeting China with the goal of trying to pressure the Pakistani government. This daytime attack on the guards of the five star Pearl Continental hotel shows how bold and reckless these terrorist groups have become.“

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