This is the true difference between China and the United States. We have been outbid. Not in terms of gross dollar amounts, of course – we have given more to the Pakistanis than the Chinese have invested in the entire region. But the gifts we bring are fleeting. Long after the last American dollar has been siphoned away to some Pakistani politician’s secret Dubai bank account, the Chinese will still be mining in Balochistan, maintaining the port of Gwadar, and overseeing the reactors at Chashma.
The Pakistanis are the friends of America as long as the money keeps flowing. They are friends of the Chinese forever.
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