Pakistan and China Playing the U.S. in Afghan War
Today’s (October 3, 2010) Washington Post front page article on the CIA’s stepped up role in carrying out targeted assassinations of “militants” in northwest Pakistan with assistance from the U.S. military also notes the weird reality that allows for a public distance between the two governments but a private relationship where U.S. Special Forces train Pakistani security services to hunt the same “militants” and American tax dollars support the Pakistani government despite the anti-American proclivities of both large swathes of the population and many official agencies, not least the powerful Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), as well as the army. What is not explored is the role China has been playing in drawing out the conflict, the ultimate goal being the weakening of America’s regional presence. The ever closer relationship between China and Pakistan’s military and security services is explored in China Plays to Win the 21st Century’s Great Game by M.D. Nalapat, the latest JINSA Global Briefing. It is a fascinating read.