Pakistan has called off three high-level meetings with Washington, as experts warn that President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan policy risks driving Islamabad closer towards Beijing, the Financial Times reports. Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary of state, and Lisa Curtis, who serves on the National Security Council, were due to visit Pakistan this week as the US looks to explain its new position to the key players in the region. But Islamabad has indefinitely postponed both meetings, as well as a planned trip to the US by its foreign minister Khawaja Asif, in response to Trump’s announcement last week that he intends to keep US troops in Afghanistan and accusing Pakistan of harboring terrorists. Analysts warn the US policy is likely to push Pakistan closer into the embrace of China, which is investing more than $50bn there as part of its “One Belt, One Road” project to create a new silk road of trade routes across the world.
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