The New York Times reports:
China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday.
China and Pakistan have jointly produced the JF-17 aircraft, but the new planes would be equipped with more sophisticated avionics, the officials said. The latest jet fighters would be paid for by China, they said.
The announcement came as Pakistan’s already tense relations with the United States soured further after the killing of Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan on May 2.
Last week, Pakistan’s spy chief denounced the United States in a rare briefing before Parliament in which he condemned the American raid for breaching Pakistan’s sovereignty. Parliament, in turn, called for the government to revisit relations with the United States.
Mr. Gilani’s visit to Beijing served as a pointed reminder of Pakistani suggestions that the government might seek to recalibrate relations with the United States, using China to offset what many here view as an overdependence on Washington.
Apparently the US isn’t to pleased that China is now Pakistans “best friend”.
Sounds like it’s time for Uncle Sam to go home.
Bush strongarmed the Pakistanis into their facilitating his attempted take-over of Afghanistan by threatening to bomb them into the stone age if they didn’t cooperate. They were always a reluctant participant in the ruining of one of their foreign policy neccesities. The surprise is that it has taken so long for them to begin breaking loose.
The reason is probably a combination of the deep pockets of American bribery and the caution of Beijing in showing their hand.