Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain is an Islamabad-based journalist and Pakistan affairs analyst
Tom Hussain
Tom Hussain is an Islamabad-based journalist and Pakistan affairs analyst

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Imran Khan’s China play threatens Middle East headache for Beijing

Pakistani prime minister has gone cap in hand to China in the hope it will partner Saudi Arabia and the IMF in bailing out his country – but Beijing will be wary of getting dragged into the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:40PM

Pakistani prime minister has gone cap in hand to China in the hope it will partner Saudi Arabia and the IMF in bailing out his country – but Beijing will be wary of getting dragged into the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Imran Khan’s China play threatens Middle East headache for Beijing
Pakistan’s Khan slams IMF, then seeks bailout. Why the change?

The new prime minister may have preferred to seek financing from China and the Gulf but reality has dawned that even those handouts would come with strings attached.

15 Oct 2018 - 9:03AM

The new prime minister may have preferred to seek financing from China and the Gulf but reality has dawned that even those handouts would come with strings attached.

Pakistan’s Khan slams IMF, then seeks bailout. Why the change?
Asian Angle | With CPEC, Pakistan risks Chinese anger by courting Saudi Arabia

The Khan administration is making political hay with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor – including efforts to reduce potential IMF loans and avoid becoming the focus of a confrontation between the US and China.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:41PM

The Khan administration is making political hay with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor – including efforts to reduce potential IMF loans and avoid becoming the focus of a confrontation between the US and China.

With CPEC, Pakistan risks Chinese anger by courting Saudi Arabia
In Pakistan, Chinese money grapples with a Karachi-Lahore divide

A new administration in Islamabad is spooking Beijing with its calls for transparency over the US$62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, but it may be a reflection of internal rivalries that have long been a problem.

20 Sep 2018 - 11:20AM

A new administration in Islamabad is spooking Beijing with its calls for transparency over the US$62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, but it may be a reflection of internal rivalries that have long been a problem.

In Pakistan, Chinese money grapples with a Karachi-Lahore divide
Where does Imran Khan’s government stand on China’s Belt and Road?

Favourable deals under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor are in the spotlight as Pakistan’s ruling party looks to uncover corruption under the previous administration.

12 Aug 2018 - 1:02PM

Favourable deals under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor are in the spotlight as Pakistan’s ruling party looks to uncover corruption under the previous administration.

Where does Imran Khan’s government stand on China’s Belt and Road?
Why is the US trying to bully Pakistan with empty China threats?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Islamabad against using IMF money to pay back Beijing as Washington loses influence in a country that was once its top ally in the region.

4 Aug 2018 - 1:51PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Islamabad against using IMF money to pay back Beijing as Washington loses influence in a country that was once its top ally in the region.

Why is the US trying to bully Pakistan with empty China threats?
What will Pakistan’s new leader Imran Khan deliver for China?

The election of the former cricketer as prime minister of Pakistan leaves plans for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on a sticky wicket.

28 Jul 2018 - 12:20PM

The election of the former cricketer as prime minister of Pakistan leaves plans for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on a sticky wicket.

What will Pakistan’s new leader Imran Khan deliver for China?
Asian Angle | Whoever wins, Pakistan’s new boss will be bossed just like the old boss

The military has a divide-and-conquer political strategy that makes economic partners like China nervous, pulling the strings no matter who wins the top civilian job – for this election cycle it looks like it will be a former cricket star.

22 Jul 2018 - 2:40PM

The military has a divide-and-conquer political strategy that makes economic partners like China nervous, pulling the strings no matter who wins the top civilian job – for this election cycle it looks like it will be a former cricket star.

Whoever wins, Pakistan’s new boss will be bossed just like the old boss
In Pakistan’s currency crisis, China is the problem and the solution

Having racked up unsustainable bills in supporting Beijing’s infrastructure master plan, Islamabad is bailed out by China to the tune of US$1 billion – leaving it more dependent than ever on its ‘all-weather ally’.

7 Jul 2018 - 1:23PM

Having racked up unsustainable bills in supporting Beijing’s infrastructure master plan, Islamabad is bailed out by China to the tune of US$1 billion – leaving it more dependent than ever on its ‘all-weather ally’.

In Pakistan’s currency crisis, China is the problem and the solution
Pakistan and the art of making dictatorship look like democracy

With Islamabad heading for a third consecutive elected government, a long history of military rule appears to be in the past. So why do some fear a ‘creeping coup’ has entered its final stages?

13 May 2018 - 8:02AM

With Islamabad heading for a third consecutive elected government, a long history of military rule appears to be in the past. So why do some fear a ‘creeping coup’ has entered its final stages?

Pakistan and the art of making dictatorship look like democracy
Should Pakistan be alarmed as BFF China gets pally with India?

Islamabad has more reason than most to feel uneasy as China’s President Xi Jinping meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

29 Apr 2018 - 12:06PM

Islamabad has more reason than most to feel uneasy as China’s President Xi Jinping meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Should Pakistan be alarmed as BFF China gets pally with India?
What do you get if you cross Pakistan’s Game of Thrones and China’s Belt and Road?
First Trump, then China: as Pakistan loses support, it should lose the pretence on cross-border terror, too
Is Trump driving Pakistan deeper into China’s orbit?
With Sharif gone, what happens to China’s investments in Pakistan now?
Is China turning up heat on India through Pakistan flank amid Doklam standoff?
What China has to fear from US drones in Trump’s Afghan search

As the Trump administration gears up for a renewed campaign in Afghanistan, US military actions are spilling over the border to the Pakistani province of Balochistan – home to a centrepiece of Beijing’s Belt and Road project.

6 Jul 2017 - 11:22PM

As the Trump administration gears up for a renewed campaign in Afghanistan, US military actions are spilling over the border to the Pakistani province of Balochistan – home to a centrepiece of Beijing’s Belt and Road project.

What China has to fear from US drones in Trump’s Afghan search
Islamic State killings: sign of things to come for China in Pakistan?
Highway to sell: How $55b trade corridor rekindled China-Pakistan love affair

A US$55 billion programme to link the routes of China’s Belt and Road plan through Pakistan has revived a relationship that began with the Karakorum Highway – even if critics blame it for mischief in Kashmir.

30 Jun 2017 - 10:36PM

A US$55 billion programme to link the routes of China’s Belt and Road plan through Pakistan has revived a relationship that began with the Karakorum Highway – even if critics blame it for mischief in Kashmir.

Highway to sell: How $55b trade corridor rekindled China-Pakistan love affair
China in the middle: Pakistan trade corridor under spotlight after Indian ‘spy’ gets death sentence
Pakistan’s forbidden romance with Bollywood
The disappeared: why Pakistan is feeling spooked over missing social media activists
In Afghanistan, Putin courts China in search of ‘another Syria’
Has Pakistan’s Imran Khan finally met his match?
Taliban may offer ceasefire in Afghanistan to contain Islamic State
Anti-Muslim rhetoric adds to Pakistan’s anxiety over Trump’s Afghanistan policy
Al-Qaeda and Taliban meet Islamic State here, and knock on China’s door
Has Chinese pressure forced Pakistan U-turn on anti-India terror groups?
How India-Pakistan tensions (and US-China rivalry) are raising nuclear stakes
Karachi to Kashgar: how Islamic State poses a threat to China