It is clearly a pattern. At the time when the American relationship with Pakistan runs into trouble, the American media begins raising the bogey of China. This is despite the fact that the relationship between Pakistan and China is not only old and time-tested, but has seen China helping Pakistan in its various needs, particularly in the defence field. The latest example has come with the blast in Kashghar, where it has been said that the bomb was exploded by a Chinese Turkestani trained in Pakistan. It is the result of American media propaganda that Pakistan has been made synonymous with terrorism, and it has been made clear that the decade of participation in the USAs war on terror does not prevent Pakistan from being an easy target for state authorities to unload their intelligence failures on. This also exposes how participation has not won freedom from the charge of giving training. The war on terror has proved an unmitigated disaster for Pakistan, as it is being used to drive a wedge between Pakistan and a traditional close ally. The US antipathy towards China is not just because it has rejected its past attempts at domination, but because it wishes to prop up India as a counterweight against China. Because of this, along with the fact that China is its biggest creditor, it wants to isolate it even from its old allies. That is why this accusation was made at a time when the DG ISI, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, was visiting the country. General Pasha should be the one to give China the necessary assurances that Pakistan is not involved in any terrorism, and certainly not this episode. He should convey to the Chinese that he may well be the reason for this baseless charge, because the focus of the American ire these days, and the reason the relations between the two countries are strained, is because of CIA irritation with the ISI for objecting to Raymond Davis and other CIA operatives not taking it into confidence, and to its raid on Abbottabad. Pakistan and China have a relationship which has only strengthened over the years, and the current leadership must not only prepare to give the necessary assurances of Pakistani noninvolvement in Kashghar, but must also work to end the alliance it has with the USA, and its participation in the war on terror, both of which are not compatible with Pakistans national interest, and include driving Pakistan away from its friends, the strongest of which is China.