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America’s imperial hubris is pushing Pakistan into the arms of Russia & China

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04.12.2018

The US has suspended $3 billion in security assistance to Pakistan this year after Washington accused its former ally of failing to do enough to combat terrorism, according to a report. This figure is much higher than the $1.3 billion quoted by the Trump administration earlier last month as well as the $1.66 billion reported by the Pentagon not long after.

Regardless of which figure is correct, the general consensus appears to be that US President Donald Trump’s tough war of words on Twitter has been more than just the Twitter tirade of a madman, but has actually evolved into concrete action which will directly affect Pakistan’s economy and its relationship with the outside world.

In January this year, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif had said that the US has failed to behave as an ally, and therefore Pakistan no longer viewed it as one.

Typically speaking, when a country no longer feels as though they can rely on a certain country for support, another country (or countries) is required to fill that void. We have seen the same issue with even Washington’s more traditional Western allies, who openly state that, in the age of Trump, they can no longer rely on the US as an ally.

A case in point would be Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to China, purely an attempt to get an economic package to overcome Pakistan’s economic situation. The result was that China has essentially given Pakistan a number of bailout packages in the form of multiple investments. The Chinese Consul General confirmed that, during the trip, the two nations had signed 15 new agreements.

According to Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar, of Islamabad’s “$12 billion financing gap, $6 billion has come from Saudi Arabia and the rest from China.”

China’s relationship with Pakistan has been strengthening over time, as China has been providing financial and economic assistance to Pakistan for a while now. China has already pledged to invest $57 billion in Pakistani infrastructure as part of the so-called “Belt........

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