Pratap Bhanu Mehta, The Wall Street Journal Asia | December 17, 2008
China’s behavior towards Pakistan is the first big pointer as to whether it will become a responsible stakeholder on the international stage. ++ Both the US and China have for too long engaged in a hands-off approach in Pakistan because of strategic considerations. ++ A coordinated effort from both countries to “bring multilateral pressure to bear on Pakistan” is needed. ++ To this end, China should forego short-term stability and refuse Pakistan its support in the UNSC as well as making economic support conditional upon reform.