America Cannot Afford to Lose Pakistan to China

America Cannot Afford to Lose Pakistan to China

China has aggressively courted Pakistan as a potential ally.

Matt Reisener is a program associate at the Center for the National Interest.

Image: Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran movement wave flags on top of a bus during a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad January 13, 2013. A month ago, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri was living quietly in Canada, immersed in the affairs of his Islamic charity and seemingly far removed from the pre-election power games shaping the fate of politicians in his native Pakistan. In the past three weeks, he has returned home to lead a call for electoral reforms that has earned him instant celebrity, sent a stab of anxiety through the ruling class and raised fears of trouble at a planned rally in Islamabad on Monday. REUTERS/Mani Rana