Pakistan China Strategic Partnership
Despite some major dissimilarity, for instance ideological and cultural, there were a few realities such as absence of territorail or political conflict, no clash of interests and no competition which helped both to establish a strong bond. The formost concern for establishing diplomatic ties was to seek stratrgic suport.
Pakistan China Relations
Having established their diplomatic relations in 1951, Pakistan China Relations have come a long way in terms of their bilateral relationship. Some critics emphasize the ‘asymmetric’ nature of Pakistan China relations terming it an ‘odd relationship’where Pakistan has been considered on the receiving end.
However, it is the mutual interests that have strenghened the equation between Pakistan and China over the years. Apparently, the two countries have developed multidimensional bond but the unnderlying factor in this multidimensional bilateral connection is the strategic partnership i.e., the military and defense ties.
Althouugh, Pakistan china relations was not smooth and friendly in true terms in the initial years , it was the changing regional and to soma extent global security that gradually brought them closer.
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Despite some major disssimilarity, for instance ideological and cltral, there were a few realities such as absense of territorial or political conflict, no clash of interests and no competition which helped both to establish a strong bond. The foremost concern for establishing diplomatic ties was to seek strategic suppport.
Pakistan China Relations
For Pakistan, there were two key facts that necessitated its strategic partnership with China: the fragile security environment resulting from the complicated equation between Pakistan and India and the challenges poosed by the support system that India mangaged to fetch from the major powers in the wake of Pakistan India crisis following the partition. As the kashmir Question arose between Pakistan and India, the former sought China’s support to its stance on the kashmir issue in particular.
For China, the geosttrategic loction of Pakistan and the foreign policy challenge in South Asia that China developed with India in early 1960s are the bassis of its interests towards Pakistan. Over the Years, along with other considerations, the foreign policy challenges to China have also multipied.
The regional security environment posed a number of challenges emanating from the economic and political advancement of China’s immediate or peripheral neighbours. on the one hand, there are India and Russia as strategic competitors, Japan , South Korea and ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) as economic alliances between the US and India exerts constant pressure on China’s foregn policy moves.
China has largely pursued a policy of easing out the US from the South Asian security arena ever since the end of the cold war. To this end, Pakistan has been presented as a strategic pressure point against the US.