The China-Pakistan Axis: Asias New Geopolitics

Hardcover | February 27, 2015

byAndrew Small

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The Beijing-Islamabad 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 trustedmilitary partner; Pakistan is the battleground for China's encounters with Islamic militancy and the heart of its efforts to counter-balance the emerging US-India partnership. For decades, each country has been the other's only "all-weather" friend. Yet the relationship is still little understood.The wildest claims about it are widely believed, while many of its most dramatic developments are hid- den from the public eye. This book sets out the recent history of Sino-Pakistani ties and their ramifications for the West, for India, for Afghanistan, and for Asia as a whole. It tells the stories behind some of its most sensitive aspects, including Beijing's support for Pakistan's nuclear program, China's dealings withthe Taliban, and the Chinese military's planning for crises in Pakistan. It describes a relationship increasingly shaped by Pakistan's internal strife, and the dilemmas China faces between the need for regional stability and the imperative for strategic competition with India and the USA.

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The Beijing-Islamabad 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 trustedmilitary partner; Pakistan is the battlegro...

Andrew Small has researched Chinese foreign and economic policy issues in Beijing, Brussels, London, and now Washington, D.C. He is a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:February 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190210753

ISBN - 13:9780190210755

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Prologue - In the shadow of the Red MosqueIntroduction1. A friendship forged by war2. Nuclear fusion3. Re-hyphenating India4. Counter-terrorism with Chinese characteristics5. The trade across the roof of the world6. Tea with the Taliban7. Lord, make them leave - but not yetConclusion - The dragon meets the lionNote on Sources

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"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, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and author of What Does China Think?