“We came in peace for all mankind.”

–Richard Nixon

Today marks the anniversary of the reopening of the People’s Republic of China to the international community. In 1972, President Nixon visited China for the first time in ages, in order to bring China out of the isolationist policy it had adapted over the ages. What is instrumental to the note is the role that Pakistan played. Given its good relations at the time with both the United States and China, it set up a visit of the Secretary of State to China, in order to set up a meeting with Nixon. Thus, Pakistan’s role was appreciated at both ends – by the US and China. This goes to show the immense diplomatic capital that Pakistan has, if it uses the strategic position allocated to it correctly. One can hope that in the future, Pakistan will continue this trend with the Central Asian countries.