In what would be a break from normal Chinese military operation, The People's Liberation Army, are considering an offer from Pakistan to build a naval base at Gwandar. This particular development takes on a rather provocative tone as "China 'asks USA to respect Pak sovereignty'".
In the wake of the US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, China has “warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”, a media report claimed today.
The warning was formally conveyed by the Chinese foreign minister at last week's China-US strategic dialogue and economic talks in Washington, The News daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying. China also advised the USA to “respect Pakistan's sovereignty and solidarity”, the report said.The Chinese leadership was “extremely forthcoming in assuring its unprecedented support to Pakistan for its national cause and security” ...
Are we now one predator drone strike in the badlands of Pakistan from war with China or is this bluff and bravado from an increasingly powerful nation seeking to expand it's local influence?
Does it matter?