ANI reported (August 7) that China and Pakistan have begun an unprecedented intelligence sharing agreement to secure Beijing's influence in Afghanistan and that as China needs Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan as well as its connections to the terrorist groups operating there, Beijing has invited a Pakistan Army General to sit in at its highly restricted meetings as an observer. Vikram Singh, a former official at the Pentagon for South and South-East Asian Affairs was quoted as saying that "if Pakistan has been brought more "behind the curtain", in terms of intelligence sharing and military cooperation, it will be tailored to their common interests like confronting India over territorial disputes". 

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