That astute observation is not mine, but Indrani Bagchi’s writing for the Indian Economic Times:
Pakistan could end up as a version of China’s North Korea exercise in South Asia, kind of like screen villain Ajit’s ‘liquid oxygen’ punishment: its nuclear weapons would keep it ‘alive’, but its economy would not let it ‘live’, and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-terror establishment would be a permanent cause of worry for India. And China would retain just enough control to make it worth its while.
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At some point, China will have a greater say in Pakistan’s foreign affairs, particularly with regard to India, Afghanistan, terrorism, etc. China would probably be happier if Pakistan divests itself of its terror shield, but would not mind India coming under Pakistani terror pressure. That will only perpetuate Pakistan’s essential dilemma of keeping the terror factory going against India and Afghanistan, but hoping to insulate itself from it.