President Asif Ali Zardari's announcement of visiting China have been well-received by the significant section of populace who are worried on the swelling American aggression in Pakistan's tribal area. Battle cries' emanating from American presidential hopefuls needs to be addressed before it is too late. Let there be no doubt that Pakistan needs China's support for her survival. I will forward my opinion by delving into the historical and contemporary events to conclude that Sino-Pak relationship has been the corner stone for Pakistan existence, whereas USA has always "used and ditched" us. In 1950, Pakistan was among the first countries to recognise the People's Republic of China. In the 1960s, China's relationship with India worsened, leading to a war in 1962 which resulted in India's defeat. Pakistan and China grew closer as a result - with Beijing providing economic, military, and technical assistance to Pakistan. In 1965, during Indo-Pakistan war, China came to our assistance - by giving ultimatum to India and mobilising her forces, to ease the pressure on our western front. Whereas USA stabbed us by putting arm's embargo on both India and Pakistan, despite Pakistan being a member of SEATO. This embargo threatened our existence, as the equipment used by us, unlike Indians, was predominantly American. Thus, for the first time the common perception emerged in Pakistan of China being its national saviour and USA an unreliable ally. The perception strengthened when in 1971, USA's seventh fleet never came to our rescue despite several requests. At the time, China was helpless in supporting Pakistan because of the Russian build-up on its frontiers. Nevertheless, China supported us by vetoing Bangladesh's entry into the United Nations, and only allowed it when Pakistan herself recognised Bangladesh. In 1974, Indian conducted underground nuclear test, and when Pakistan seeked its own nuclear weapons capability - USA imposed sanctions on our country. Whereas, China continued its role as a major arms supplier to Pakistan. China even helped us in building a number of arms factories, as well as supplying complete weapons systems. After the withdrawal of the Soviet forces from Afghanistan; USA once again severed its ties and imposed new sanctions on Pakistan. The 1990 Pressler Amendment ensured that the deliveries of major military equipment to Pakistan ceased. During these tough times, the Islamabad-Beijing arms relationship was further strengthened. China once again proved to be our "all weather friend" and perhaps our most important strategic ally. One of the most significant Chinese help is the construction of the major seaport at Gwadar located on the Arabian Sea. Gwadar would hamper India's ability to achieve naval blockade of Pakistan during wartime. Just 250 miles from the straits of Hormuz, through which nearly 40 percent of the world's oil supplies flow, the port is strategically located with open sea lanes in all directions. It will augment Pakistan's importance in the region, and with the construction of the Mekran Coastal Highway, it will become a commercial hub for the landlocked South Asian States. This will help Pakistan both militarily and economically. Now let's look at the contemporary development in the region and see what the challenges for Pakistan are. The Americans and Indians enjoy an increasingly warmer relationship and Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement has been finalised. Concerns for Pakistan's security have increased; especially in light of America's categorical refusal of Pakistan's request for a similar civil nuclear cooperation. However, our trusted friend, China has not let us down this time as well and has promised to deliver Pakistan a nuclear power reactor. To further confound the situation, India has built its first ever foreign military base in Tajikistan, which makes both Beijing and Islamabad uneasy. Furthermore, recent media reports reveal that India has signed an understanding with Afghanistan to deploy 150,000 of its armed forces personnel in Afghanistan which is also disturbing and bodes ill for the region. All these developments, coupled with American growing involvement in Asia, makes both Pakistan and China jitter. These developments, individually or combined, increases the importance of Sino-Pakistan relationship as each others ally. Having examined the historical facts; President of Pakistan's visit to China shall be made with very specific goals in mind - realignment of Pakistan foreign policy towards China and distancing itself from USA. The recent perception of ignoring China or giving America preference needs to be stopped. It is the right time to get out of the fold of USA and distance ourselves from their War On Terror. The present financial crisis being faced by Pakistan can also be purged with the help from China. Instead of sending our delegations to America for financial assistance; whose own economy is in a tailspin, we shall seek help from our Chinese friends. With more than 1800 billions US dollars in foreign exchange reserve, Chinese can be persuaded to bail us out and invest in Pakistan. As a final word, I am confident that our trusted ally will not fail us this time as well. After all Sino-Pak relationship is "deeper than the ocean and higher than the mountain" and as per Chinese President Hu Jintao's words is "sweeter than honey." Lastly, I would like to share a quotation with our Chinese friends - it is attributed to Dr Martin Luther King, Jr: "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." The writer is a freelance columnist based in Manchester, UK