China is Pakistan”s great economic hope and its most trusted military partner. Pakistan lies at the heart of China”s geostrategic ambitions
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 21 2015 10:00PM | Updated Date: Oct 21 2015 10:00PM
Title: The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics
Author: Andrew Small
Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press
About the BOOK:
The China-Pakistan axis plays a central role in Asia’s geopolitics, from India’s rise to the prospects for a post-American Afghanistan, from the threat of nuclear terrorism to the continent’s new map of mines, ports and pipelines. China is Pakistan’s great economic hope and its most trusted military partner. Pakistan lies at the heart of China’s geostrategic ambitions, from its take-off as a global naval power to its grand plans for a new silk road connecting the energy fields of the Middle East and the markets of Europe to the mega-cities of East Asia. Yet Pakistan is also the battleground for China’s encounters with Islamic militancy, the country more than any other where China’s rise has turned it into a target.
For decades, each side has been the other’s only “all-weather friend”, but the relationship is still little understood. The wildest claims about it are widely believed, while many of its most dramatic developments remain closely-guarded secrets. This book explains the ramifications of Sino-Pakistani ties for the West, for India, for Afghanistan, and for Asia as a whole. It tells the stories behind some of the relationship’s most sensitive aspects, including Beijing’s support for Pakistan’s nuclear program, China’s dealings with the Taliban, and the Chinese military’s planning for crises in Pakistan. From China’s involvement in South Asia’s wars to the Obama administration’s efforts to secure Chinese cooperation in stabilizing the region, it traces the dilemmas Beijing increasingly faces between pursuing its strategic rivalry with India and the United States, and the imperative to address a terrorist threat that has become one of the gravest dangers to China’s internal stability.
‘This unique and timely work provides fresh insights into one of the most important and most neglected new developments in world affairs – China’s turn to south and west Asia. As the U.S. pivots toward (East) Asia, Andrew Small shows us how China is moving beyond traditional concepts of Asia.’ – Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow and Director at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University
‘Andrew Small’s remarkable book paints a vivid picture of twenty-first century geopolitics by uncovering one of the most important and under-explored relationships. A gripping narrative of how China’s rise meets nukes, terrorists and the Taliban’ – Mark Leonard is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and author of What Does China Think?
‘The China-Pakistan Axis explores one of the most resilient and paradoxical bilateral relations of the post colonial era – a superb illustration of the manner in which international relations can be determined by power considerations. Pakistan and China have been “all weather friends” for more than fifty years in spite of their ideological differences.
Andrew Small shows that their rapprochement resulted mostly from a real politik assessment of their common enemy, India, but that non material variables are back in the picture today because of the islamist connection in the case of the Uighurs, for example. The strength of Small’s work lies in its analysis of the fascinating scope and trajectory of the Beijing – Islamabad relationship.’ –
Christophe Jaffrelot, Research Director at CNRS, Sciences Po and author of The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience