Academic journal article Cross - Cultural Communication

A Study on Characteristics of U.S.-Pak Relation

Academic journal article Cross - Cultural Communication

A Study on Characteristics of U.S.-Pak Relation

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Abstract

U.S.-Pak relation is the typical example of the interactions between the global conflict and the regional conflict. The United States value Pakistan most is the contribution to the containment communism and counter terrorism. And Pakistan's ultimate demand in the U.S. is to enhance the ability to resist India. The United States is much stronger and richer than Pakistan. The national interests of the two countries are often conflicting. All these result in the U.S.-Pak relation has many characteristics. The study of these characteristics is very helpful to understand the relationship between the two countries.

Key words: United States; Pakistan; Characteristic

INTRODUCTION also

U.S.-Pak relation is the typical example of the interactions between the global conflict and the regional conflict. The United States value Pakistan most is the value of global level, in another word is the contribution to the containment of communism and terrorism. And Pakistani ultimate demand in the U.S. is the value of regional level, in another words are enhancing the ability to resist India. Domestic factors in both the United States and Pakistan also played an important role in the relationship between the two countries. The United States and Pakistan respectively attach importance to different level. The two countries have their specific situations. And there are huge differences between the two countries. All these results in the U.S.-Pak relation have many characteristics, which are significant in the following three points: inequity, instability, cognitive difference.

1. INEQUALITY

There is huge inequity in U.S.-Pak relation. As a superpower, the United States has a strong comprehensive national strength. So, U.S. had the leading position in the U.S.-Pak relation. And Pakistan was just a mediumsized developing country in south Asia. In many strength indexes, such as territory, population, economic strength, military strength and technological strength and etc, Pakistan was far behind the United States. Thus, Pakistan had a relatively weak position in the U.S.-Pak relation. Although Pakistan could rely on some favorable conditions to start the game with U.S., but find it is difficult to exceed the United States policy boundary.

In 1982 December, the Pakistani leader, general Zia U1 Haq told Secretary of State Schultz, the United States ulld Pakistan established is an unequal alliance. (Dennis, 2001, p.361) Zia ul Haq's Conclusion generally aligns with the facts. Moreover, the U.S.-Pak relation not only t^ie a^£ne£* Per^°d had the characteristics of inequality, but in other periods was too.

The United States was a superpower, which had globally interests. And U.S. had the most developed economy and the most powerful military force. For the United States, although Pakistan was a populous Islamic country, but Pakistan was located in South Asia. In many national strength indexes, Pakistan was a medium-sized country, and the economy was very backward. Therefore, U.S. did not put Pakistan in a particularly important position. While in Pakistan, the United States had the extremely important position. Cause the United States was the most powerful country in this world. As a superpower, U.S. had the comprehensive national strength, could provide great help for Pakistan in the national defense, diplomatic and economic fields. Today, Pakistanis are still popular with a tease, but correct parlance that the fate of Pakistan is determined by 3 A: Allah, Army and America. The ordinary Pakistanis put the U.S. on equal height to Allah and the most powerful military. The importance of U.S. to Pakistanis was very obvious. Indeed for the Pakistani, U.S. was very important. The extent was much more than Pakistan's importance to the Americans. Although the U.S.-Pak relation often encountered difficulties, but Pakistan still hoped to establish and maintained good relations with the United States.

The degree of Pakistan cares the United States far more than the United States cares about Pakistan. …

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