Pakistan Says The US Is No Longer Its Ally (And It’s A Much Bigger Deal Than You Think), by Darius Shahtahmasebi

There are some countries that are important simply because of where they are. Turkey comes to mind. Pakistan is another. It’s bordered by Iran, Afghanistan, India, China, and Tajikstan, an interesting neighborhood. Oh, and Pakistan has nuclear weapons. From Darius Shahtahmasebi at theantimedia.org:

Donald Trump’s decision to ring in the New Year by simultaneously demonizing both Iran and Pakistan on Twitter has already backfired tremendously. Following threats that the U.S. would withhold aid to Pakistan, the U.S. confirmed it would withhold $255 million in aid (which has now become $900 million) and is now reportedly threatening a roughly $2 billion more, as well.

“We’re hoping that Pakistan will see this as an incentive, not a punishment,” a State Department official told reporters.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this recent animosity towards Pakistan has not gone over well. Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said in an interview that the U.S. has failed to behave as an ally, and as a result, Pakistan no longer views it as one.

If anything, Washington’s recent behavior has only pushed Pakistan into the open arms of America’s traditional rivals, China and Iran. China has long been providing financial and economic assistance of its own to Pakistan with plans to expand an economic partnership in the years to come.

China has already pledged to invest $57 billion in Pakistani infrastructure as part of the so-called “Belt and Road” initiative. Just last month, Pakistan announced it was considering a proposal to replace the U.S. dollar with the Chinese yuan for bilateral trade between Pakistan and China.

Following the Trump administration’s recent attacks on Pakistan, Pakistan confirmed that dropping the dollar was no arbitrary threat and immediately replaced the dollar with the Chinese yuan.

“Chinese investment in Pakistan is expected to reach over $46 billion by 2030 with the creation of a [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] connecting Balochistan’s Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea with Kashgar, in Western China,” Harrison Akins, a researcher at the Howard Baker Center who focuses on Pakistan and China, told Newsweek.

In the middle of last year, it was reported that China was considering establishing its own naval bases in Pakistan. These reports began to immediately resurface again in the past week, though Pakistan has vehemently denied that any such naval base will be built (even though Chinese military officials were the ones to expose the plan to build a naval base at Gwadar Port, in Balochistan).

To continue reading: Pakistan Says The US Is No Longer Its Ally (And It’s A Much Bigger Deal Than You Think)

 

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One response to “Pakistan Says The US Is No Longer Its Ally (And It’s A Much Bigger Deal Than You Think), by Darius Shahtahmasebi

  1. There are some things that constitute the mindset of many from the Middle East and that seems to be the ability and desire to “lie” in order to get what you want. I have that from some very reputable Middle Eastern sources. Given this Social mindset, I think it a Great Move to unload the cost of keeping this country that, really, constitutes the “Enemy” on either Iran or China. China is the only country that is equipped, financially, to handle the load but might be smarter than we think and reject that opportunity. I feel it is time that we stop giving our monetary support to those that would like to see us dead. Such countries have been slowly bleeding us dry. Let’s stop!

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