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Pakistan and China: 'An all-weather friendship'

Friday, January 17, 2014


OpEd by Ambassador (R) Louis A. Delvoie comments on the relationship between Pakistan and China, in contrast to their relationship with the US, in Friday's Kingston Whig Standard.

"Pakistanis are often wont to describe their relationship with China as “an all-weather friendship.” This they often do to contrast it with their relationship with the United States, which has known so many ups and downs that the United States is frequently viewed more as an adversary than an ally. Indeed, at the level of popular sentiment, Pakistan is one of the most anti-American countries in the world. On the other hand, Pakistani views of China are remarkably benign and reflect the generally positive evolution of the relationship over a period of 50 years."

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Louis Delvoie was educated at Loyola College, the University of Toronto, McGill University and the National Defence College of Canada. He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1965. Between 1965 and 1980 he worked in Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Belgium and Yugoslavia, as well as in Ottawa. He subsequently served abroad as Ambassador to Algeria, Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and High Commissioner to Pakistan. In Ottawa, he was Director General of the Bureau of International Security and Arms Control in the Department of External Affairs and Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy in the Department of National Defence. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1995.

From 1995 to 2002, he was an adjunct professor of international relations at Queen’s University and at Royal Military College. He is now a Senior Fellow in the Centre for International Relations at Queen’s University and a visiting lecturer at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute in Ottawa. He is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs on CBC Radio. His numerous articles on Canadian foreign and security policy, and on international relations generally, have appeared in International Journal, Behind the Headlines, Canadian Defence Quarterly, Policy Options, Canadian Foreign Policy, The Round Table, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Military Journal and in a variety of books.

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