China and Pakistan: A New Strategic Alliance

Senior U.S. and Pakistani officials say they are hoping a new strategic partnership plan will be announced ahead of meetings between Presidents George W. Bush and Asif Ali Zardari in New York next week.

With Pakistan-U.S. ties strained, Islamabad looks also to its regional ally, China, to guarantee longterm stability. Policy experts say Pakistan also hopes for a nuclear deal with China to balance the U.S.-India nuclear pact now before the U.S. Congress.

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