US-Pakistan talks: Nukes, India, the Taliban, and China


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Talks between US President Barack Obama and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are set to cover everything from safety fears about Pakistan's nuclear weapons to the war in Afghanistan and competition between India and China.

But few analysts predict any breakthroughs at the White House on Thursday.

"In this dysfunctional relationship, both the US and Pakistan have interests and expectations that the other cannot deliver on," Michael Kugelman, a South Asia analyst at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told Al Jazeera.

"We should have very limited expectations for this visit."

This month, US newspapers revealed details of closed-door talks between the US and Pakistan on how Islamabad could allay fears that its growing nuclear arms programme will not lead to weapons or technology falling into the wrong hands.

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