Chinese Premier Li Keqiang receives flowers at Islamabad airport at the start of an official visit to Pakistan (photo: dpa)

Suspicion of India drives Pakistan and China’s enduring alliance

Islamabad’s relationship with America and the issue of political Islam could be expected to make Pakistan and China wary of establishing close links with each other. But the two nations have a mutual rival, India, with whom they share a history of regional conflict and continuing territorial disputes. And China needs Pakistan to provide access to the Middle East, while Pakistan needs a reliable and powerful patron for balance against New Delhi, writes GIS guest expert Brendan O'Reilly.

NEWLY-independent Pakistan became the first Muslim-majority country to recognise the People’s Republic of China in 1950, at the...

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