December 2010 The contrast could not have been more telling. China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao praised Pakistan's efforts to fight terrorism against the backdrop of unremitting Western and Indian criticism that Pakistan had not done enough to address the threat.
In a speech to the joint session of Parliament at the conclusion of his visit earlier this month to Islamabad, the Chinese Premier declared: "Pakistan has given great sacrifices and made great efforts in the fight against terrorism". And he pointedly urged the international community to respect and "support Pakistan's efforts".
The political unanimity demonstrated in Parliament and the unprecedented reception accorded to Wen Jiabao reflected the firm national consensus that undergirds Sino-Pakistan relations. The strategic quality of the relationship derives from the support it enjoys from the people of the two countries.
The significance of Prime Minister Wen's remarks to Parliament should be seen in the background of escalating US demands on Pakistan to help Nato's faltering war ?effort in