Armed with tariffs and taxes, U.SA and China are battling in the field of global economy, calling out to their allies and charting out as superpowers in this technological cold war.
In December 2017, China announced that CPEC would coil its way through Afghanistan a major military base for the U.SA. This is against the backdrop of a lot of tension already hanging thick in the atmosphere regarding CPEC wreathing its way through Pakistan occupied Kashmir between India, China, and Pakistan.
Now on 4th January 2018, the U.S government froze most of the military aid given to Pakistan, which was approximately 1.3 billion dollars, signifying the growing friendship binding India and U.S.A together.
Did you notice a connection?
Well, the U.SA and China are both heavily invested in a technological cold war.
China is a major manufacturer and has set in motion roadways which would give China as well as other countries easier access to each other.
This would not only cut the cost of transportation but also will attract more investments in the Chinese manufacturing industry.
China has chosen the strategically positioned Gwadar port as a major part of CPEC. To reach this port CPEC navigates through Pakistan occupied Kashmir, violating Indian sovereignty as well as infuriating India as it considers Gilgit-Baltistan to be disputed territory.
Now obviously U.SA would want to stop the increase in Chinese investment because of CPEC or OBOR.
Therefore, there is a fair possibility that the U.S has frozen the aid given to Pakistan, hiding the reason under the guise of Pakistan acting as a safe haven for terrorists, to bring about a degree of stress on China.
China having to fill in the shoes the U.S.A wore for so long would strain the Chinese economy, because it has to also provide Pakistan with military aid.
Furthermore, there is a fair possibility that India may have played a role in influencing the U.S government to take this step as a retaliatory action against China and Pakistan. This may have also flowered from the growing loss of an upper hand in the economy, as major trading ports situated in India would lose its importance because of CPEC.
Moreover, with Afghanistan being a major U.S military base, a roadway co-owned by China winding down the valleys of Afghanistan may give China an easy access to U.S military bases, which may put the U.S in a compromising position.