“any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”
By “any” do they by any chance mean the Taliban, who attack Pakistani police and military forces on a regular basis? Why no, that would be silly. China is talking about us.
In the wake of the US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, China has “warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”, a media report claimed today.
The warning was formally conveyed by the Chinese foreign minister at last week’s China-US strategic dialogue and economic talks in Washington, The News daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying. China also advised the USa to “respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and solidarity”, the report said.
Ed Morrissey asks a poignant question (or four):
This new doctrine from China will pose some difficulties for the US. For instance, what about the Predator attacks on terrorists in the border regions? Pakistan has officially protested these attacks while unofficially tolerating them. If China is serious about its message, will they insist on an end to all operations within Pakistan from now on? And how will China respond to an attack on Pakistan under a doctrine that’s not dissimilar from NATO’s charter? Will they attack the US and start a war, or will they react only diplomatically?
My bet is on diplomatically. I believe China will not want to upset the house of cards they call their economy by interrupting the flow of filthy American lucre. Will we really challenge them though? That’s the sort of thing Kennedy or Reagan would have done, and I don’t see anyone like them around these days.