Pakistan has been struggling since its foundation to achieve parity with India in strategic technologies such as nuclear, defence and space. The defence platforms were acquired from the West during the Cold War.
However, it was China that helped Pakistan possess nuclear weapons, constraining India’s conventional military superiority. This nexus now includes space technology where Pakistan is trying to revive its space ambitions with China’s assistance.
China sees satellites as a major diplomatic tool to influence the BRI countries and had been successful with convincing Sri Lanka earlier to lease its satellite transponders.
It should be noted that Sri Lanka did not build an indigenous satellite, as it was widely believed. These projects portend major geopolitical and economic challenges to India. Read More