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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has reached trade deals with China, raising hopes that Beijing would help his country through difficult economic and diplomatic times…
Zardari, on his first visit to China as president, made clear commercial ties with Chinese companies were foremost on the Pakistani delegation’s agenda, according to Xinhua news agency.
“I chose China as my first country to visit to say to Chinese companies that I will provide favorable treatment to you,” Xinhua quoted Zardari as saying.
In the official Liberation Daily, a Chinese analyst suggested recent discord was forcing Zardari to look elsewhere for more help.
“Although the United States has repeatedly declared it remains as supportive as ever of President Zardari and the Pakistan government, up to now there has not been action on these vows,” wrote analyst Wu Yongnian.
“Especially with the India-U.S. nuclear agreement, Pakistan feels troubled and neglected by Washington and Zardari would want to remind the world that he expects equal treatment,” said Zhang Li, the expert from Sichuan University in southwest China.
But Beijing does not want to become embroiled in fresh rivalry between India and Pakistan and any agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation would be a “gesture of goodwill,” rather than a substantive agreement, Zhang said.
Picking sides used to be the name of the game in Cold War days. And still encouraged by the dimwits in Washington, DC.
Just as the prospect of 21st Century diplomacy may appear in the doorway to the White House in January, the continuing growth and expansion of a leading role in politics – as well as economics – must guide the regional ethics and decisions for China.
As much as China can do to bring India and Pakistan to mutually-beneficial relationships – China will gain, as well.