Precisely. This is so much bigger than Pakistan. As you said, the whole world is watching. If China can't keep its grasp on Pakistan, then it exposes itself as a weak superpower. It shows the world that China can't translate its economic power into foreign relations clout. This is a strategic blunder.Hi,
If china bailed on pakistan---then china is done and dusted---. Because the rest of the world would say---if you could not take a stand for pakistan---why would you take a stand for us.
I did not say anything about chinese diplomacy---. That is all they have is---diplomacy---.
But there is a time---you have to take charge of your allies and sometimes twist their arms a little bit and let them know who the Boss is & where their loyalties need to lie---.
Chinese are extremely weak in that field---.
@Bilal Khan (Quwa) post defines what I stated---.
That said, the opposite holds true as well. If, by some miraculous stroke of fate, Pakistan produced a leadership that can't be controlled by anyone, then I think China will respond very positively to it. That leadership would have a clear agenda: (1) take Kashmir, (2) put a leash on Afghanistan and (3) comes out to every fight. It would do the aggressive work, and have no shame about it.
Basically the foreign relations 'enforcer' China needs.