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China-Pakistan nuclear deal: Why the surprise?
Rediff.com ^ | 6/22/2010 | Harsh V Pant.

Posted on 06/22/2010 5:27:57 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

China will reportedly make a statement on its decision to supply two more nuclear reactors to Pakistan during the meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group this week in New Zealand .

The Indian government has suggested it will be trying to call Beijing's bluff by exposing the underlying flaws in China's argument in support of such a deal. New Delhi has also made its reservations known to Beijing through diplomatic channels. But should it really come as a surprise that China is trying its best to maintain nuclear parity between India and Pakistan?

After all, this is what China has been doing for the last five decades. Based on their convergent interests vis-a-vis India, China and Pakistan reached a strategic understanding in mid-1950s, a bond that has only strengthened ever since. Sino-Pakistan ties gained particular momentum in aftermath of the 1962 Sino-Indian war when the two states signed a boundary agreement recognising Chinese control over portions of the disputed Kashmir territory and since then the ties have been so strong that Chinese President Hu Jintao has described the relationship as "higher than mountains and deeper than oceans." Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari , has suggested that "No relationship between two sovereign states is as unique and durable as that between Pakistan and China."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; india; jf17; pakistan; southasia

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