China has taken careful note of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech pitching for a larger global role for India in East Asia, with an official Chinese think tank saying Washington's "overtly pro-India stance" will hurt its larger goal of fighting militancy in Pakistan. "Not surprisingly, counter-terrorism is one of the top issues on Clinton's agenda during her (recent) visit to India," says an article titled "US-South Asia policy", published in the state-run China Daily. Both the US and India are doing the "opposite of what they should have done to help Pakistan fight terrorists", said the article written by Fu Xiaoqiang, Director of the Centre for Counter-terrorism Studies at the state-owned China Institute of Contemporary International Relations. "Their hard stance could provoke Pakistanis and help Islamic extremists strengthen their base in Pakistan," argues the article.