Pakistan and Alliances: From Cold War to Contemporary Strategic Partnerships
The participation of a strong Pakistani contingent in China’s World War II memorial parade is not the contingent essentially suggests a close alliance between Pakistan and China. The alliance has routinely been described both by the Pakistani and Chinese leaders in catchy lyrics like ‘reliable, all-weather, and iron brothers’ since the September1965 war. Though China issued ultimatum to India and was short of armed intervention, it was believed then and now that the ultimatum deterred Indian to attack former East-Pakistan. The alliance is perceived both in Islamabad and Beijing important for the peace and prosperity of South Asia and a strong safeguard against hegemonism in South Asia. On the occasion of China WWII victory parade, it is pertinent to investigate Beijing’s policies to South Asia. Undoubtedly, China has emerged on the world with a bang. The Chinese progress and development is heard loudly and ubiquitously. The world around it wants to emulate its progress and development. Many consider it a role model, including our own security elites. Indeed, China can’t be ignored. world stage is believed to be a major power already. Pakistan, a weak Islamic state, which sometimes affects Chinese security, considers the alliance with Beijing reliable and time-honoured, while Washington a fair–weather and unreliable partner. This warrant some rewriting on Pakistan-China alliances. The literature, mainly produced in the of the Pakistan-China alliance. In their writings they believe Xinjiang separatism, attacks on Chinese in Pakistan is more prominent than the security and military cooperation itself. Though, they are not entirely true, it is untenable that they are entirely wrong. There is an element of truth as well as an element of unbridled exaggeration. Indeed Xinjiang and separatism is a constant worry for the pastime, the alliance has been growing and sustaining despite those challenges. Equally, the writings in this country are problematic too: things have been highly exaggerated, frequently based on propaganda. The Alliance has been heavily loaded with catchy terms, often leading to exaggeration in the cooperation and downplays the mutual challenges. The relationship among states can’t be based on hyperbolic or poetic terms. However, this is normally the practice in Pakistan, when it comes to the relationship with China. Where lies the truth? Where we should go from here? This short memo is an attempt to divulge the patterns in PakistanChina alliance. It seeks to answer: is a Pakistan-China alliance changing and how? Has the original rationale undergone a change and if so to what extent?