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Thread: Marriage with #China, affair with #US: #Pakistan's next double game - Experts believe that Pakistan is playing a double game in managing affairs between US and China -- the two rival economies. dnaindia.com/world/report-m…
As Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gears up for his first high-level visit to the United States, experts believe that Islamabad is playing a double game in managing affairs between Washington and Beijing -- the two rival economies.
Pakistan remains China's closest ally & actively aids, abets & promotes Beijing's strategic goals & hegemony in the region. However, Pakistan knows its strategic significance in the region & hence leaves no stone unturned to convince the US to gain financial & military assistance
Taha Siddiqui, a Pak journalist said, "Pakistan is going through economic turmoil & needs of US financial & military assistance. It appears things seem to be on hold & in review with regards to China's investments in Pakistan, particularly the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor."
"The Pakistan military chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is accompanying the Pakistani PM, and is the defacto in-charge of Pakistan, wants to revive and restart the relationship with the US, and Bajwa knows Washington needs Islamabad in case of Afghanistan and if......
....... there is any conflict with Iran in the coming days. And therefore Pakistan may once again offer its services as a rental state," he added. "It also knows that the Americans want to restrict the expansionary footprint of China in the region and therefore Pakistan may go...
... for playing the double game whereby it keeps the US and China both engaged with Islamabad and seeks maximum financial benefit from both, and it can do so because of the geostrategic position it enjoys in the region," Siddiqui said.
Quick to seize on President Trump's stated desire to withdraw from Afghanistan, Pakistan's decision to facilitate the talks has more to do with its keenness to drive the US out of Afghanistan in order to get the Taliban back in the saddle in Kabul.
Astonishingly, it seems to matter little to Trump that he recently accused Pakistan of deceiving Washington over the years by sheltering terrorist proxies such as the Taliban and the Haqqani network, supporting them in carrying out deadly attacks against US troops in Afghanistan.
Nor does it matter to him that the Afghan government blames Pakistan, particularly its spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, for keeping the Taliban militarily and politically alive throughout these years.
"The foreign policy of Pakistan towards the US and China might differ, yet it is fashioned through a balance of power principle, since the destabilised state of Pakistan requires someone to play as a gyroscope that counterweights the tilted scales and establishes an equilibrium."
Nevertheless, it is crucial to note that Pakistan has developed an important & strategic role for itself as it appears that it is a fundamental ingredient for China's rise in the region & beyond, by providing alternative energy supplies, transportation routes & national security.
Yet, it remains to be seen if Pak will succeed in clearing its woes, considering the rise of extremism in Pakistan & the support to it by the military. There is a growing realisation throughout the world, including in the US, that Pakistan has played a 'double-game' for decades.
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