Defense News quotes South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Claude Rakisits on Pakistan’s double digit defense budget increase:

Much of this present procurement is from China, and Claude Rakisits, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, believes this will remain the case for the foreseeable future.

“The Pakistan military will continue to depend on Chinese loans to buy their big ticket items, as is the case of the 8 conventional, diesel-powered submarines that Pakistan is going to buy from China for $6 billion as part of the $46 billion [Pakistan-China Economic Corridor] deal,” he said.

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