Pakistan looks elsewhere for support.
The Pakistani Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, praised China as an “all-weather friend” and spoke of how “Pakistan and China are close friends and good neighbors.” He was on an official visit to China, a long-term ally of Pakistan.
After the let-down from the United States, regarding both financial aid and friendly feelings, Pakistan has turned East to court the Chinese, who are the largest suppliers of arms to the Muslim country. Besides this, China has been the arch-rival of Pakistan’s traditional enemy, India. And everybody knows: “Your enemy’s enemy is your friend.”
Meanwhile, India has improved its relations with the US in recent times. The United States has threatened to cut all aid to Pakistan following the killing of Osama bin Laden in the Abbotabad operation, in which it didn’t take the Pakistan Army into confidence.
The two countries have burgeoning commercial links with each other and China is all set to help Pakistan in the eradication of its energy crisis. A nuclear reactor has been set up in the Punjab to meet power requirements. After all is said and done, the story of Pakistan and China is one of a friendship that has never dimmed with the passage of time.