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91pSWwunJgL._SL1500_The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics by Andrew Small (Hurst & Co., £30)

“Pakistan is China’s Israel.” With these words, a Chinese general explained why China would never publicly criticise Islamabad. This fascinating book disentangles the relationship between one of the oddest couples in geopolitics: an unpredictable Islamic republic and a communist state that has turned to a mixture of consumerism and authoritarianism. 

Andrew Small takes us through the Cold War origins of the relationship between Pakistan and China, reminding us that Pakistan was the broker of Henry Kissinger’s secret pathfinder…

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