The suspension of security aid to Pakistan by the US would push Islamabad closer to China. The US has appeared untroubled with the ties and insisted that the two relationships are different.
The source quoted “ Pakistan do want to build strong relations with both countries. But what they get from China is not necessarily going to be the same thing to get from the US and vice versa.”
The Us government official said the government doesn’t have the authority to direct state banks and companies to invest in Pakistan, at the same time, China does not have the capacity either to supply the highest quality military equipment in the world.
The official also added that America does not have any problem with growing relation of Pakistan and China. They believe, China has invested a significant amount and has plans to invest more. Pakistan at current situation needs economic development and economic growth. In so, China’s ability to invest will contribute to Pakistan’s economic well-being, security, and stability.
Noting the fact that Pakistan and China have had a longstanding and very strong relationship, the official proclaimed that the relationship has never arisen at the expense of US-Pak ties.
“I think Pakistan needs to understand our relationship and what we offer to the table internationally is different than China. And it’s not necessary to choose relationships between China and the United States and they do want to build strong relations with both countries,” the state department official said.
Sources – NDTV, NewsOlive