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The China-Pakistan AxisAsia's New Geopolitics$
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Andrew Small

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210755

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210755.001.0001

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Lord, Make Them Leave—But Not Yet

Lord, Make Them Leave—But Not Yet

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(p.145) 7 Lord, Make Them Leave—But Not Yet
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The China-Pakistan Axis
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Andrew Small

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210755.003.0008

This chapter begins by describing how US drones eliminated many of China’s most wanted Muslim separatists in Pakistan beginning in 2009. The chapter describes how China’s general strategy has been not to engage with extremists, but to ensure that it doesn’t get on the wrong side of them, which has often put China at odds with the United States. This chapter expands on the recent history of how China has shifted its position on extremism in South Asia and become more comfortable with the idea of the United States continuing to provide security in Afghanistan. It explores the limits of Sino–US cooperation, including a hypothetical seizure of Pakistani nuclear weapons in the case of the state destabilizing. In the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Pakistan leaned on China as relations with Washington plummeted. However at the same time Chinese officials were assuring their US counterparts that they shared concerns about Pakistan’s extremist problem and would not “backfill for the Americans.” Furthermore, in recent years China has been more cooperative with the US in its work to leave behind a stable and secure Afghanistan.

Keywords:   terrorism, counter-terrorism, China, US, ETIM, Osama Bin Laden, US–China cooperation

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