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China Says Pakistan Trains Uighur Terrorists

From the NYT:

BEIJING —Chinese authorities on Monday accused Pakistan-trained Uighur separatists of planning and executing the first of two deadly attacks over the weekend that struck the ancient Silk Road town of Kashgar in China’s far-western Xinjiang region.

The piece goes on to report some skepticism about the Pakistan claim; Chinese authorities don’t like the idea that such incidents could be organized domestically.  Nevertheless, the charge speaks to the deep suspicion in China that Pakistan is an unreliable and even treacherous ally.  Before China will replace the US as Pakistan’s patron, Islamabad has to demonstrate that it is willing and able to crack down on any terrorism directed at Chinese interests.

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  • Luke Lea

    Which is why China helped Pakistan acquire nuclear weapons back in the 1990’s, assuming Pakistan actually has nuclear weapons). China would have been smarter to cooperate with Pakistan to make it look like they had them. Come to think of it, the same could be said of the United States.

    India would have certainly gone along with such a deception. Israel, too — which would explain why Israel seems not to be worried. Contrast that to Iran.

    Why is this important? Because if Pakistan is not really a nuclear power the United States does not have a strategic interest in maintaining a political presence in that country.

    Maybe it’s time for Pakistan to show the world again, this time more convincingly than the first time around.

  • Kris

    “that Pakistan is an unreliable and even treacherous ally”

    What?! Surely not! This must be a result of the nefarious influence of the Indian lobby in Beijing.

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