China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a cluster of
infrastructure-build-up projects for Pakistan with Chinese
assistance was signed in 2013. The Rise of China had kept the U.S.
perturbed for the last two decades, however its Belt and Road Initiative
(BRI) added salt to injury. The U.S. expressed its displeasure over CPEC,
its policy makers gradually started bracketing Pakistan with China. At a
juncture, when the U.S. was already unhappy with Pakistan due to
numerous Afghanistan- related developments, its serious discomfort
with CPEC impacted the bilateral relations considerably. The U.S. has
been close to Pakistan since its independence particularly during Afghan
War and War on Terror both economically and militarily. Similarly,
China is an all-weather friend and natural strategic ally against India.
The CPEC-oriented grudge has brought the U.S. closer to India which is
a serious concern for Islamabad. The question of balancing relations
between U.S. and China perplexes Pakistan policymakers.
1-Nayyer Iqbal: PhD Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Umbreen Javaid: Dean, Faculty of Behavioral & Social Sciences, University of Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
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