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Pakistan's top diplomat warns China could fill void left by US

Exclusive: Qureshi says Washington should not view country through Afghan prism

China's People's Liberation Army Navy is reportedly eyeing the port of Gwadar as a base.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- He has one of the toughest jobs in international diplomacy, but Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, remains an ardent advocate for his nation and has not shied away from courting controversy.  

In the sphere of optics and public relations, the Islamic republic is not an easy sell. From its checkered human rights record and its support for the Taliban to its long-standing rivalry with India, its politically meddlesome military and its never-ending experiments with extremism, Pakistan's case is difficult to make.

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