This story about China and Pakistan is making the rounds right now and I wanted to make a brief comment on it.
I don’t think there is anything new here. China is restating its longstanding ties with Pakistan, but it’s not saying, “we’ll not tolerate any more American incursions into Pakistan.” As I read it China is saying, “if you attack Pakistan (as opposed to al Qaeda) you have problems with us.” But I don’t read this as China and Pakistan announcing a new policy saying to the US, get the hell out.
At least, that’s my two cents worth.
Nota bene: Tina, who sent me the story in question sent this email reply to me about my thoughts: “I was thinking the timing of it makes it more a message to those in the US advocating for us to go into Pakistan.”
I think that, as I told her, is a very accurate read. China appears to be reminding us that we’re diddling about in their sphere of influence and they are not turning a blind eye to us.