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China and Pakistan are similar. Both have governments that are either brazenly hypocritical or badly divided between civilian and military authorities. ...

China and Pakistan are similar. Both have governments that are either brazenly hypocritical or badly divided between civilian and military authorities. This comes out in their attitudes to international terrorism. In 1996, a five-nation security forum took shape in Shanghai. It was committed, among other things, to oppose international terrorism in the region. The five nations were Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The forum provided the first indication of Chinese hypocrisy.

China's links with the Taliban and Pakistani terrorists are confirmed. China cooperated with the US and Pakistan to train Afghan mujahideen against the Soviets. Those links endure. During Kargil, China supplied arms to the terrorists and monitored their movements from PoK. Last fortnight, China refused to support UN sanctions against Taliban.

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