Since I’m seeing that this isn’t general knowledge, here goes.
Pakistan and India have a profound dislike of each other. They are both nuclear nations, and India has a gigantic population. The US is propping up a somewhat friendly regime in Pakistan to prevent a nuclear conflict between Pakistan and India. The main goal is to make sure that fundamentalist fanatics don’t take over Pakistan and start lobbing nuclear warheads at India for the glory of Allah. Because then India would respond, and China would stand up for Pakistan, and so on. It’s not pretty.
China hates India. The main fight for global dominance right now is between China and India. Americans can’t process it because they think they are the center of the universe when, in reality, the rest of the world has its own stuff going on. China doesn’t mind bringing Pakistan under the control of crazed fundies to terrorize India and beat it in the competition for global dominance.
So here we have on the one hand pressure from China to give Afghanistan and Pakistan to crazy Talibs to intimidate India. On the other hand, in terms of possible global leadership, I personally think India is a much better bet. They are so diverse and complex that China-style totalitarianism is not really possible. They are a lot more open to adopting Western values. So I’m for India. I mean, I’d happily root for the US but they decided to sit it out, dismantle every advantage, and make itself very uncompetitive.
Americans are #MeTooing and #BLMing themselves into being completely at the mercy of some pretty crazy, nuclear-armed people because we can’t take our heads out of our asses for two seconds and notice that other people exist not only as spectators of our narcissistic, exhibitionist tantrum but as agents of their own self-interest as they themselves understand it.