30 Nov '17, 11pm

Faultlines in CPEC-US-Pak relations for Australian journal EAF

Faultlines in CPEC-US-Pak relations for Australian journal EAF

Strategic fault lines in US–Pakistan relations have never been more pronounced, nor have Washington’s geo-strategic intentions for Pakistan ever been made more explicit. This is a function of non-negotiable constants that underpin each nation’s attitude to the other that are unlikely to change soon. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that while Pakistan is ‘a sovereign country’ that can ‘decide what [it] wants to do’, if Pakistan was to deviate from Washington’s South Asia strategy , the United States would just ‘adjust [its] tactics and … strategies to achieve the same objective a different way’. On 7 October, Secretary of Defense James Mattis echoed Indian concerns about the multi-billion dollar China–Pakistan Economic Corridor in a way never heard before : ‘the [Belt and Road Initiative] also goes through disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the ...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/01/fault-lines-are-b...

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