Islamabad Looking for Love but Bereft of Suitors

Pakistan’s embarrassing rhetoric towards Beijing is a sign of strategic desperation

The playing off of two stronger patrons by a smaller or weaker country is a time-honored tactic in international politics.  So it is no surprise that Pakistan seeks to create geopolitical leverage by nuzzling up to China whenever a downdraft occurs in its relations with the United States.  But Islamabad’s current approach to Beijing is striking on two counts.

The first is the profusion of fulsome, even embarrassing, metaphors that Pakistan issues in an attempt to inveigle China.   The second is how ineffective the sweet talking has been in enticing Beijing to attach itself ever closer to the Islamic Republic, or in spurring Washington into fits of jealousy. Continue reading

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