Play the same games as if the context within which these games were meaningful? Obviously I don't think so -- We partnered with China to the benefit of the both of us, we can do so again and with other powers as well -- The whole begging bowl in hand and chip on the shoulder thing playing all sides, is I think unworthy of Pakistan - on the other hand I am more often wrong than I am right.
US and China as strategic competitors ? Sure, however, as I had made the point to Fatman, these countries have very different policies, they see their role and positions very differently their geographic position relative to us is meaningful - China versus India? well sure until the Indian realizes what a waste that is - the relations between US and China are about economic co-dependence and a realization that stability and transparent change is in their mutual interest, it's really not a cold war or colonial context -- Pakistan must be a player with a strong sense of self worth or it will be made to allow the Indians wider representations