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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee View Post
    I believe American forward-thinking was to pal up with Pakistan to keep Chinese and/ or Russian ambitions at bay.
    This has been already explained before.

    The pakistanis were put under American umbrella under kennedys presidency. Truman sent the Pakistanis a secret letter assuring the Pakistanis. In 1971, when India was about to invade Pakistan under Soviet umbrella, the Americans revealed the letter to the soviets. The soviets told India to halt.

    Now, what caused the Americans to reveal their cards?
    It was China.

    The americans asked the Chinese to invade India in 1971 but the Chinese refused citing Soviet invasion in the north.

    Bangladesh was created in 1971 by breaking Pakistan(the state that was under Americas umbrella). Imagine the outrage.

    In 1972, Nixon had no choice but to befriend the Chinese, with Pakistan as the liaison. The Americans began to position the Chinese as a counter-balance to the soviets. The Chinese understood it but they also recognised an opportunity. The positioning allowed China to get access to American technology and it used it to build it commerical and military industrial complex for the next 20-30 years.

    Here was the problem. The Chinese were not suckers. The Russians were never on their radar compared to the west. The Chinese had already made up their mind. They would rather ally with Russia to challenge the wests access to global resources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anil View Post
    The pakistanis were put under American umbrella under Trumans presidency. Truman sent the Pakistanis a secret letter assuring the Pakistanis. In 1971, when India was about to invade Pakistan under Soviet umbrella, the Americans revealed the letter to the soviets.
    Did you mean Nixon? Truman was out of Office in 1971.

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    No, I'm confusing western names again.

    It was kennedy, 1962

    https://history.state.gov/historical...961-63v19/d100

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