Comments on: The limits of the Pakistan-China alliance Straight from the Specialists Sun, 06 Mar 2016 13:25:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: HaqsMusings Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:44:08 +0000 I expect China and US will both continue to court Pakistan in their own best interest because of Pakistan’s geostrategic importance. Having said that, it’s clear that Pak-China relations are growing while Pak-US relations are on the decline. Symptomatic of this shift is the fact that China has now replaced US as Pakistan’s biggest trading partner, while US has slipped to third place. If this trend continues, Pakistan’s regional ties will be far stronger than its ties to the West over the next few decades. The recent currency swap agreement between China and Pakistan is a part of this future shape of things to come.