Plus Ça Change

Pre-WTCB, or World Trade Center Bombings, this was the South Asian superpower alignment: China was Pakistan's big buddy, selling weapons and providing logistical and technical support to a state that had fallen on the U.S. blacklist after years of friendship. The U.S., meanwhile, was seen to be shifting into India's camp, evidenced by Bill Clinton's visit in 2000. In the post-WTCB world, the U.S. has had to enlist Pakistan as an ally in the war on terror, while China and India, who fought a war in 1962, have found more common ground than either side thought possible just two years...

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