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Pakistan, China and terrorism

Beijing's support protects Islamabad from global pressure to suppress militants

| Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan
China is left with just one real ally -- Pakistan.    © Reuters

International calls for Pakistan to take concrete steps against the terrorist groups that operate from its territory have mounted in recent weeks after a Valentine's Day attack killed 41 Indian paramilitary soldiers and sparked a military crisis on the subcontinent.

Such appeals have been made by the United States, Japan and European powers but one voice has been conspicuous by its absence -- China's.

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