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Xinjiang Violence and the New Great Game

The US-India rapprochement makes Pakistan and China unhappy. Could this lead to an even more robust Pakistani-Chinese partnership?

For Pakistanis it’s a no-brainer; Uncle Sugar has been a bitter disappointment lately.  China is the bright new hope.

It isn’t so simple for China. Despite the strategic and economic benefits of cooperation with its southern neighbor, China — like much of the rest of the international community — worries about instability and religious extremism in Pakistan. Radical Islamist groups in Pakistan, such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, have links to Uighur Muslims in the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang.

Pakistan took US money while nurturing terrorists who strike at US interests.  Will it also stab China in the back?

News like this won’t help the relationship along. As long as China struggles to deal with the Muslim population in its west, Pakistan’s affinity for terrorism and treachery limits the appeal of its friendship.

Nevertheless, the geopolitical wheel continues to turn and the Great Game goes on.

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  • Jim.

    Interesting. Say China is the new rising power — Second Reich Germany, against America’s British Empire. They want to avoid encirclement, obviously. And Pakistan is classic checkerboard diplomacy, especially with the US wooing India.

    But could an unstable and even possibly belligerent Pakistan play the Austro-Hungarian Empire — sucking China down into conflicts they would be better advised to avoid?

    Or worse — if you believe the “Kaiser” conspiracy theories — could China try to use Pakistan as a cat’s-paw? Heaven knows America is not keen to invade…

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