China ups the ante


As Pakistan struggles with the realignments of the forces of status quo, Beijing appears to be upping the ante in global politics.  Concerns arising from Pakistani Prime Minister’s claim of “intimidation” by the US,  the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Afghanistan provide the latest triggers to the Chinese repositioning. Rarely has Beijing been so articulate about geo-political issues in its proximity.

The latest indication of this articulation is the meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi (March 30).  Wang Yi’s views – as carried by official sources – essentially spelt out the Chinese perceptions on the current global situation.

In a note of reassurance, Yi promised that “no matter how the international situation changes, China will continue to view and promote China-Pakistan relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, and will, as always, support Pakistan in…

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