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China, Russia, Pakistan Superpower Triangle Becoming Reality

The Russia, China and Pakistan superpower triangle is becoming a reality. Moscow has just announced it will hold trilateral Russian-Chinese-Pakistani talks next month.

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As theories around the Russia, China and Pakistan superpower triangle continue to build up, Moscow has just expressed its interest in strengthening ties with Islamabad and Beijing. The agenda of next month’s talks will be establishing a wider regional partnership on Afghanistan.

Zamir Kabulov, Russian Foreign Ministry’s director of the Second Asian Department, announced on Monday that the Russian-Chinese-Pakistani consultations will be held in Moscow in December.

“We are discussing this with the Chinese, the Iranians, Indians, Pakistanis. There is work on specifics,” Kabulov said, adding that it’s in the regional nations’ “natural” interests to guard themselves from terrorist threats in the region.

China, Russia and Pakistan form a powerful nuclear force

The news comes amid rising war tensions between India and Pakistan. Although Russia remains India’s key weapons supplier, there is a number of reasons why the Russia, China and Pakistan superpower triangle is becoming a reality.

Russia has been actively strengthening its military, economic and diplomatic ties with both China and Pakistan. Even though Pakistan is Russia’s Cold War rival, Moscow is understandably keen on forming an alliance with Islamabad and Beijing. China and Pakistan have been traditional allies for decades. Beijing has always provided its military and diplomatic support to Islamabad against its historical enemy, India.

Forming the Russian-Chinese-Pakistani superpower triangle would not only allow them to impose efficient measures to counter the spread of terrorism and radicalism in the region but also stand up to America’s growing influence in the region. In fact, given that Russia, China and Pakistan are all nuclear powers, their alliance also makes them an intimidating nuclear force to be reckoned with.

Russia, China and Pakistan have about 7,620 nuclear warheads (according to the official figures provided by the SIPRI) combined. That’s a serious advantage in a potential military confrontation against any enemy of such a superpower triangle, whether it’s India or the United States.

Is Russia abandoning its ally India for Pakistan?

Interestingly, Russia announced the Russian-Chinese-Pakistani talks a few days after India, Pakistan’s traditional nemesis, signed a historical nuclear deal with Japan. In fact, it was the first-ever nuclear deal signed by Japan, which is the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack, with a non-NPT nation.

India, like Pakistan, never signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Seeing that India is strengthening ties with its regional allies, Russia and China decided to ramp up their support for Pakistan. The Russian-Chinese-Pakistani talks in December will mark yet another indication of Russia and China’s growing interest toward Pakistan.

Last month, Russia and China backed Pakistan’s position against India during the BRICS summit. Despite the fact that Pakistanis were absent at the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping rejected the India-sponsored resolution to declare Islamabad a “terrorist state.” It then became apparent that Russia hasn’t ruled out the possibility of abandoning ties with its key weapons importer, India, for the sake of the China, Russia and Pakistan new superpower triangle.

Superpower triangle: Russia and China step up cooperation with Pakistan

Both Russia and China have stepped up their diplomatic efforts to prevent New Delhi from isolating Pakistan and making it a pariah state.

A few months ago, China blocked India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group. Shortly afterwards, Russia held its surprise joint military drills with Pakistan. In fact, the military exercises took place just weeks after India’s tensions with Pakistan reached its new peak, which certainly sent a message to New Delhi.

India is being careful not to scare away the Russians. New Delhi has yet to finalize a few major arms deals with Moscow. The purchase of those weapons would allow India to gain an advantage in a potential war against Pakistan. India and Russia are currently negotiating the purchase of S-400 anti-aircraft weapon systems, stealth frigates and a second nuclear submarine from Moscow.

However, Russia has been making military deals with Pakistan too. Although it was reported on Tuesday that Russia turned down Pakistan’s request to sell the advanced Su-35 fighter jet, the two countries still made quite a few crucial military deals. Last year, Islamabad purchased four Mi-35 helicopter gunships from Moscow. Meanwhile high-ranking Pakistani army officials have increased the frequency of their visits to Russia, which suggests the two nations are looking to ramp up their military cooperation.

Pakistan is the world’s seventh-largest importer of defense equipment, which is a huge factor for Russia when it comes to picking allies in Asia.

Donald Trump’s America vs. China-Russia-Pakistan superpower triangle

Pakistan finally realized that all the financial support that has come from the U.S. in past years only prevented the nuclear-powered country from becoming financially independent. Most Pakistanis believe that both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have played major roles in spreading sectarianism and terrorism in the country.

It’s also unclear how the U.S. will treat Pakistan now that Donald Trump has been elected to be the next President. But given their past grievances, it’s likely that Pakistan aspires to be part of the superpower triangle with China and Russia.

In fact, both China and Russia seem to be more reliable towards Pakistan compared to the U.S. While Washington has weakened its diplomatic support to Islamabad, Beijing and Moscow seem to be eager to continue defending Pakistanis on the diplomatic sphere.

Pakistan is on the winning side; India, not so much

China has repeatedly pledged to help Pakistan in case of any foreign aggression. It also adds to the fact that China supplies Pakistan with more weapons than any other country in the world. For Russia, meanwhile, Pakistan is a potentially lucrative buyer of its advanced weapons.

Aside from strengthening military and diplomatic ties with Islamabad, Beijing is also actively building nuclear reactors in Pakistan. So basically, the superpower triangle between China, Russia and Pakistan can become an intimidating force in the region.

While India is stronger than Islamabad in terms of army power, Pakistan has more nuclear weapons than its historical enemy. In the modern world, having a more powerful nuclear arsenal is the ultimate way of winning any war.

India also loses in terms of its geopolitical support from other nations. While India seems to have the support from Japan, it can’t fully rely on the U.S. It remains a mystery to what extent Donald Trump will be willing to help India in case of any military confrontation. In fact, it’s unclear if India is even going to get any kind of support from Trump at all. So Pakistan and its new superpower friends – Russia and China – appear to be on the winning side.

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  • Observer

    pakistan lacks long range nuclear warheads? did u just recently came out of a cave? lol recently tested ababeel and ababeel 2 (multi-warhead carrying upto 3 nukes in a single body capable to be deployed on 3 different targets to evade indian latest rocket defense technology) missiles had range of 2200km , and in last 10 years the tested weapons were in range of 1000+km , i guess u are talking about 1990s?

  • Vanaj

    A Paki eunuch butt slave of an Arab like you has no business typing nonsense like this. You think a small d8cked CHing chong would be less painful on ur an8s rather than the Arabs or Americans but you forget there are a lot more of them for you to serivce.

    You guys haven;t been able to defend ur women from invaders for over 2000 years. Don’t worry we’ll save ur women from your shrivelled pr8cks soon enough in the next conflict

  • Arzish Firdausi

    you are nothing but a barking dog with a very hot pepper up it’s behind

  • meinhoonkatua

    Feeling frustrated of your dumbness???? now its more than 3 moths….LoL

  • AlphaOS

    Enjoy your miserable humor and self-appeasement…

  • meinhoonkatua

    so you got matured in 3 months…LoL

  • AlphaOS

    You’re an immature fool. I don’t have time to talk to fools.

  • meinhoonkatua

    3 months by now…..You must have been raised under patronage of a pedophile or bachabalis……

  • Freedom Fighter

    CRP triangle. feeling good..

  • Animesh Katyayan

    Despite all that India has a much better track record than pakistan. In all the four wars against India Pakistan has either lost or has been on the losing side before someone stepped in and stopped the war. The first war resulted in India getting 2/3rds of kashmir while pakistan settled for 1/3rd approx. The second one though called a ‘stalemate’ had India on the upper hand. I don’t know why Pakistan even claims that they won the war. Many neutral historians state that Lahore would have fallen if UN had not intervened in between. According to me Pakistan was saved from a humiliating defeat. The third war was a decisive victory, many pakistanis call it a conspiracy but still the millitary win can’t be ignored. The kargil war also resulted in India’s reoccupation of Kashmir. Many pakistanis also call it a win but considering that their army has not been able to replicate the feat in siachen, clearly says that pakistani army is not that great either. India’s defence budget is about 9 times that of pakistan and the statement that pakistani army is well trained than the indian army comes always from a pakistani which clearly is an exaggeration. Considering the fact that pakistani army faces an enemy which has defeated them multiple times in the past, is bigger and more technically advanced than them, I guess pakistan has to spread some myths among it soldiers just to keep the morale high. Regarding the curroption, the world knows that pakistani generals retire as millionaires. Some have powers to even plot a coup. I don’t think an indian general will ever think of it. Regarding technology, pakistani army surpasses india’s in the Tanks quality. However India’s recent artillery purchases will soon become a decisive factor. India’s airforce used to be weak but Rafale jets and other newly acquired resources put them ahead of Pakistan. When it comes to navy pakistan not even comes close. Indian navy is considered even better than china’s in some terms. The training and more aircraft carriers providing the edge. Pakistan may be the 7th largest arms importer but India is the Largest arms importer and russia won’t lose it’s biggest customer so easily. The triangle is the result of India getting closer to USA. China never actually cared about pakistan. It’s just that pakistan is a market for chinese goods and it gives an easy access to arabian sea for china. CPEC benefits china a lot more than pakistan. Frankly speaking, CPEC is just a safeguard for kashmir as highways are from POK and china will prevent any damage from india ensuring that POK stays with Pak. Your point regarding more nuclear bombs is stupid. Number of nuclear arsenals don’t matter. So u got ten more bombs than us. what about the delivery system. India is a nuclear triad. It can launch from sea air and land. Also using nuclear weapons in a war comes as a last resort. Pakistan will only use it as a suicide bomb as any nuclear attack on india will result in total annihilation of both the countries.

  • AlphaOS

    Get a life, loser. Your obsession with your country is unhealthy and annoying at the same time. Where were you raised? Ganga river, you lousy village boy.

  • mahmudchodu

    23 days still waiting for turn around…………..

  • Omar

    Its only logical for Russia china and Pakistan to create a joint resistance. US intentions are clear as to keep Afghanistan in chaos which India (as stated by even the US military officials) has already been doing, India is a natural pet for the US. US is already a skeleton of its former self and will try to spend India in Afghanistan against China and eventually Russia. Note India has already jeopardized SAARC especially when Pakistan was trying ti get China in, US has a mole smack in the middle of BRICS. India despite its size has an incompetent military that relies on a lot of bollywood stories for its achievements, all three branches of Indian military are subpar when its comes to competence and quality, all they have is number which in today’s conflicts has little significance. Pakistan being much smaller than India has spanked IAF in the air while Pakistan army held its ground, even pushing the larger india army back, recent adventure by India on the LoC further shows how a smaller Pakistan force efficiently schooled Indian military. India remains a milch cow for Russia and its should milk that cow as much as it can but as for strategic partner and a strong ally Pakistan outweighs India especially considering the growing unrest throughout India kashmir, khalistan, naxal dalits all movements have strengthened after modi’s election and modi’s actions show his panic. Once US is done with India we may have a couple of new states out of India. Such an artificial state with the largest poor population, largest number of separatist movements, highest pollution, rape epidemic, caste and oppression of minorities and highest suicide rates (to name a few) cannot allow any state to remain even with an external power keeping it together, US will be the last strong country to try but its intentions would only accelerate the process of inevitable disintegration of India.

  • Omar

    india’s obsession with size has not served it well has it, no wonder the quality of its military is pathetic at best. NAvy busy in forced wife swapping, air force having the highest crash record and army has been fighting unarmed civilians. No wonder Indian govt., had to create mythical strikes against Pakistan while Pakistan released footage of its military taking out indian soldiers and weapons depot on the LoC, and India could not utter a word. India despite its large size never matched Pakistan military in quality and competence, that “make in india” is just a political stunt by Modi one sign of which is forcing IAF to induct the obsolete tejas that took what like over 30 years to finally be able to fly?! India grounded 75% of its arjun tanks and then there is a long list of failed missile tests. Not to mention the weakening central government ion India thanks to Modi. Kashmir has never been more on the edge, Khalistan for the first time has gained global attention, dalits for the first time rose up against the state and Naxals carried out one of the most successful ambush against Indian forces and all Modi could do was the same old empty claims of carrying out a surgical strike in Myanmar which that govt. completely rejected. Its just a matter of time when this takes the shape of annexation .

  • Vanaj

    We will smash your country into hundreds of little impoverished emirates. You Pakis only talk. You’ve been slaves of either us or every invader for the last 2000 years and you are going to beat us? Which invading army have you Pakis been able to beat in the last 2000 years? From Ambhi in Gandhara to the eunuchs in 1857 you’ve been offering your bottoms to every invaders fro Greeks to the British. All the fighting has been done by today’s Indians. You jokers were b*tt slaves to the Turkcs, Mughals & Britishwho thought you were p8iles of sh8t. Now you are slaves to Saudis and Chinese who also think you are piles of sh8t. Nothing changes.

  • mayam

    Russia is fading out economically…
    The Syrian & middle east conflict will soon drain out Russia militarily as well as!
    It’s military establishment depends on Indian purchases to quite an extent. India would’nt mind dumping Russian arms for American/ Japanese/ European hardware given Russia’s increasing embrace of Pakistan. China will never buy arms from Russia expect for a few isolated deals like S400 – as it is developing its own defense manufacturing.
    Russia will get to sell an impoverished Pakistan its arms only as along as it also provides the funds to buy them like US used to do. For Russia – Pakistan is a “lose-lose” game from every aspect. Its growing closeness to Pakistan is due to a heavy dose of influence from China – which eventually will make Russia a client state like China’s other two rouge allies – Pakistan and North Korea. Even Iran will manage to keep out of this alliance to save itself from isolation.

    The future looks like an alliance led by China with its three allies – Pakistan, North Korea and Russia facing isolation from the rest of the World led by the US. It indeed looks very bleak for Russia having Pakistan and North Korea as its brothers-in-arm.

  • turban

    nice joke, pak may have more nuke but coutry size is 1/5 of india plus we have our our own missile defece system unlike pakistan ,,,,,,,,,,indias economy is is more stronger than that of both Pakistan and Russia(GDP Nominal) if Moscow gonna cancel arms deal with india or perhaps india gonna cancel arm deals with Russia than Russia will financially suffer not india, and in real fact india pak i dont think will happen in future…………..and moreover indias make in india project will almost make india that much stonger which enable them to not buy weapon from any other country

  • Arzish Firdausi

    hahahaha ” wouldnt be losing too much sleep!!!” then how come all the comments coming in from the indian side. pathetic as a country and a nation that you hindians are, you really think you have a trained army? Chinese and Pakistani forces have always shoved big time ___ up yours in your northern region and considering the hate you have from within your own country’s huge muslim population, I think you should be preparing to divide in if not 9 at least 5 states.

  • mahmudchodu

    So till now China is not asking them….ummmm..you seem very close to Xi & Putin…Lol

  • meinhoonkatua

    paki government has already handed over the gwadar port and 2000 sq.km land around there to china for 40 years…so that area is no more of pakistan….you will get THULLU…..at the best be ready to be truck drivers for china…..LoL

  • meinhoonkatua

    choopa …..your government has already handed over the gwadar port and 200 sq.km land around there to china for 40 years…so that area is no more of pakistan….you will get THULLU…..at the best be ready to be truck drivers for china…..LoL

  • mahmudchodu

    choozpa porki again vomitting the pork biriyani and pathetic lies….a country which lies about the discussion about two head of states (i.e. sharif & trump), which lies about Russia’s interest in gwadar to such an extent that Russia’s MEA had to give clarification, is hsowing his high moral here. Choozpa…your government has handed over the gwadar port and 2000 sq. kms of land to china just last week…and your government has levied cess of 1% on electricity bill of all porkis to safegurad the chnikis in gwadar…at the end you bunch duffer will get THULLU….LoL Go around the UNO’s rape and crimelist, Pakistan is in best 10….and regarding toilet..your mouth is suffiecient for us….LoL…bloody beggar slaves would always remains slaves and beggars..olallala now there is RANDI tooo

  • AlphaOS

    They’ll come around that decision as soon as China asks them.

  • Mohsin Ashraf

    Pathetic dirty randian. Shame on you for reveling in the fact that innocent people are losing there lives due to your evil RAWs agenda. This is the difference between an Indian and Pakistani.

    Your Government cannot live with the fact Pakistan is on the track to prosperity. Balochistan province is going through major upgrading because of CPEC. India like the evil country it is, has increased terrorismsepartism in that region.

    No matter what you try, you will fail. Just like you failed to isolate Pakistan, just like you failed to perform “sirGkal” strikes on our soil.

    You pos, talk about your own country. #1 rape country in the world. 70% of people in India do not have toilets at home.

  • mahmudchodu

    As per Porki government archive…..90000 porkis were thrown to dustbin in 1971, 5200 thrown in Kargil, last week 14 agian….ahhh porki pigs have very very short term memory..nevermind thats how you filthy scum DNAs are…. RAW funded agents……LoL…how was the blast in Baloochistan, throwing 60+ thorns into dustbin last month…hope you liked that….

  • mahmudchodu

    Choozpa, have you gone through the Russian MEA statement of yesterday. Porki filthy scum uneducated DNAs should be in the global gutter called pakistan…they should not talk about Silicon valley….

  • mahmudchodusdad

    I do not think Russia will outright abandon India, nor can India afford to let that happen. Whereas Russians have transferred some defense tech to India, for the most part India is hugely dependent on Russians for servicing and upgrades. It makes sense for the Russians to keep this side business primed.
    CPEC will change Pakistan, a fact that is unsettling for India. In no way will Pakistan become an economic mammoth like India, but they had hoped that Pakistan would remain poor and isolated while India itself excelled. That dream has come crashing down with CPEC. Once again I say that CPEC will not make Pakistan the fortune that India has, but India had hoped for its rival to continue struggling and remain poor. If my enemy started doing well, I too would be singed. If you accept this, then India’s actions against Pakistan in the last few months make a lot more sense.

  • AlphaOS

    The truth hurts you, doesn’t it? Now get back to work at your American call-center filthy Indian pig.

  • Mohsin Ashraf

    Still waiting on India to throw a Pakistan in the dustbin….Never going to happen.

    And we are doing just fine eliminating your funded terrorists. We captured another RAW agent couple days ago in Balochistan.

  • mahmudchodu

    floating hypo—thesis is just easy….

  • mahmudchodu

    Russia never said that India left Russia during its hard time…only disguised porky piggy heads tell so…

  • mahmudchodu

    you smoke too much…..

  • mahmudchodu

    you are right…you bunch are only a thorn….which everyone throws to dustbin…..India does not need to kill porkis..they are dieing killing each other in 100s everyweek….LoL

  • Mohsin Ashraf

    Hardly.. India doesnt scare me.. India is only good for talking. People of india live on false provada supplied to them by their joke of a media….India lacks the heart to attack. We are 7x smaller than you but a constant thorn your black a$$.

  • mahmudchodu

    Sooner you would read something which would make you pee in your pants too….LoL

  • Vanaj

    India currently has a huge advantage in terms of actual military capability in the Himalayas vs China plus is far stronger than China + Pakistan in the Indian Ocean. China may be big in the Pacific, but they are midgets in India’s neighbourhood. Pakistan may have nukes, but India is way ahead in the means of delivering them. The Russkies can choose Pakistan. IT will just force India to eventually indigenize and shek of any dependance. And let’s see if China is really prepared to risk casualties defending an islamic wasteland against a far better trained army.

    Russia’s future in the long term looks very dicey given that it has virtually no growth and is completely dependant on oil. China is in no position to play Global power games given their economic problems. As an Indian I wouldn’t be losing too much sleep

  • Mohsin Ashraf

    Spilled my coffee when i read “area which is designated to India by United nations”

    In what world?

  • Abelard French

    India long ago decided the slavery of the U.S. replacing Pakistan on a condition that it will rise to counter China. It is good for Pakistan because the U.S. has destroyed the internal peace and stability of Pakistan in their relations. India got the U.S. nuclear deal along with several strategic and military deals to share intelligence and buy more weapons. Similarly, there will be another condition in coming days to counter Russia. That will be the time when Pakistan, China and Russia Iran will rise as super power triangle along with Iran.

  • Chopra TP

    Russia was cozening up to China & its poodle Pakistan mainly to spite America. Now that Trump is the US President, this is going to change. The best thing for India would be a closer US-Russia relationship. It will mean that Russia will have no problem with India having good relations with US as well. The new Axis emerging will be US-India-Russia alliance against Islamic Terrorism that Pakistan supports. Russia will rehabilitate its relation with the west & will be less dependent on China. China & Pakistan are the biggest losers from the Trump win.

  • Heart Breaker

    This is the reality of the world. As India is extending hands with Israel, Australia and japan there is nothing wrong in making alliance where every country has it shown interests.

  • Florentina J.

    Meanwhile, Washington is constantly disengaging from Pakistan and in this process, Moscow can find a number of areas to cooperate with Islamabad to redefine the alliance structure in South Asia. This rapprochement can be seen when we consider Russian team holds talks with Pakistan on the sale of military hardware and both countries conducted first-ever joint military drills. But two countries are in no urgency and trying to buckle up in cautious mode.

  • Limpkisar

    This is the era of alliances and if Russia, China Pakistan are making alliance against India, USA and Israel, then there is nothing wrong. According to the realist perspective, a state go for alliances to avert external threat particularly from a superior adversary. Pakistan needs Russian and Chinese assistance to meet threats from India.

  • Gratgy

    When the world is talking about a US-Russia alliance after trump’s victory, this author is still talking about Russia China Pakistan axis to stand against US

  • Preetinder

    This article is based on presumptions picked from news without thorough research. It seems like collection of Pakistani news

  • Preetinder

    India doesn’t need to look up to other countries like Pakistan for growth and development. India is growing economically and militarily on its own. The structure of Indian economy is so resilient to global economy that it can sustain on its own. Russia will never confront India’s stand against terrorism and CPEC has to involve India because it passes through Pakistan occupied Kashmir, area which is designated to India by United nations.

    RUSSIANS have started a joint venture of making military helicopters in India and transform knowledge to India.

  • happycamper

    A weak article, superficial. By the way Pakistan is no super power.

  • Indusengineer

    Intelligent and critical analysis on potentially powerful Asian powers Russia, China and Pakistan.

  • AlphaOS

    So you’re saying instead of teaming up as a unified Asian region, you would rather fight Pakistan, while at the same time kissing American boots, leeching off Russian made weapons and acting like a hypocrite ally to almost everyone. Wow. This is the pure definition of India, since India, you guys left Russia, when Russia was sanctioned and having a hard time – you were instead having your Indians work in DARPA, NASA and Silicon Valley many American organizations. Have you no shame or commitment?

  • AlphaOS

    So you’re saying instead of teaming up as a unified Asian region, you would rather fight Pakistan, while at the same time kissing American boots, leeching off Russian made weapons and acting like a hypocrite ally to almost everyone. Wow. This is the pure definition of India, since India, you guys left Russia, when Russia was sanctioned and having a hard time – you were instead having your Indians work in DARPA, NASA and Silicon Valley many American organizations. Have you no shame or commitment?

  • Pramit Khanna

    Essentially, through assumption and conjecture, this article just turned the geopolitical situation on its head. Forget even mentioning that India has a full triad of Nukes, despite having fewer in number than Pakistan. Also, let’s forget that Pakistan also lacks long range missiles for its nuclear warheads. Considering that Russia is willing to sell weapons to anybody at this point because of the heavy sanctions out on it by the US, I’m not surprised that they are interested in helping out Pakistan. Russia has always had a very hard stance against global terrorism. If they can help deal with it in Pakistan, that’s a welcome outcome.