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From 50 Years Ago: Kneading the Critical Mass

Vol III, No 32 August 10, 1968

Kneading the Critical Mass

Arshad Hussain’s current visit to Peking is, from all available accounts, regarded by both China and Pakistan as an event of unusual significance. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan has not only been accorded the very special welcome that Peking reserves for its friends, he has also had a meeting with Chairman Mao. The visit will no doubt end with a reaffirmation of the two Governments’ determination to remain friendly; they will also surely reiterate their common belief that India must give up some of its territory to Pakistan. It will not be necessary for Pakistan to publicly support China on any of its own foreign policy problems. From Peking’s point of view Pakistan is still a critical mass which can set off the much desired explosion in this part of the world. ...

The critical issue is how far Peking succeeds in retaining its own flexibility while playing this game. Considering the political and economic character of the Pakistani regime, China can have no special affection for it. Besides, it must be aware that no state in Asia is ultimately as vulnerable as Pakistan.

Updated On : 10th Aug, 2018

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