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Pakistan's Gilani visits ally Beijing amid US rift

Pakistan's Gilani visits ally Beijing amid US rift

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani begins a visit to Beijing with old ally China looking more attractive after the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden further strained Islamabad's ties with Washington.
The sentiment is mutual, with China in the process of shoring up ties with Islamabad, Afghanistan and other Central Asia states in step with the expected diminishing of the U.S. presence as it winds down military operations in Afghanistan.
Although Gilani's four-day visit starting Tuesday was planned well in advance, it comes at a critical time. Pakistan's relations with the U.S. have been thrown into crisis over the May 2 American raid that killed bin Laden in the northern Pakistani city of Abbottabad .


Updated : 2021-05-17 17:46 GMT+08:00