THE PAKISTAN DILEMMA
Recent history has shown that Beijing has itself had clear limits on how far it will go to push Pakistani interests. This is, after all, not the 1960s or ’70s; in an increasingly multipolar, postCold War world, there are no blocs or permanent alliances but shifting relationships based on self-interest.
The fact is that China’s overriding strategic concern is not India. It is more preoccupied with the growing challenge posed by the US and its partners on its periphery. Beijing’s “biggest fear is India becoming a Japan or South Korea”, says one Party academic candidly, suggesting it would not be careless enough to