‘China Wants to Stabilize Its Entire Western Periphery’
The ‘all-weather friendship’ between Pakistan and China is an oft-quoted description of this important strategic relationship. With the recent visit of President Xi to Pakistan, the Sino-Pak relationship is likely to transform into an economic partnership. Andrew Small, a transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, recently published his important book ‘The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics’ in which he has traced the historical evolution of the bilateral relations in the context of regional and global security. Small’s well-researched book draws upon a plethora of interviews and access to Chinese and Pakistani authorities. The book also predicted that the Sino-Pak interests were likely to converge even more in the future. I spoke to Small on the eve of Chinese President’s historic visit to Pakistan.