As America pivots away, China bets on Pakistan
Chinese President Xi Jinping has just concluded an important summit in Pakistan. Given that much of Pakistani diplomacy revolves around securing foreign assistance, the government in Islamabad is celebrating Chinese commitments of $46 billion agreed during the visit in new financing for infrastructure investments -- especially as American interest diminishes amid the U.S. troop reduction in Afghanistan.
Pakistan's role as a hub in China's "New Silk Road" initiative to enhance economic connectivity between Asia and Europe could benefit the whole region. But Beijing's interests go beyond Pakistan's development: The country is the gateway to a bigger Chinese strategic role in the Indian Ocean and the Middle East. China's "Go West" policy is part of its breakout of East Asia to become a more global power, and Pakistan is at the center of that transformation.