First, China’s state-owned space industry launches a satellite for Pakistan. That sort of thing happens because “Pakistan-China relations are deeper than oceans and higher than mountains,” especially when China makes an offer too generous to refuse. Does China do this out of the goodness of their heart? Probably not.
Pakistan gets a satellite (and makes some hay with the populace vis a vis India). China buys some influence with an anti-Indian nation and is able to aim its army of scientists and engineers towards viable employment. Who is left pondering the outcome? India, of course, and the United States. India might be expecting this, the U.S. not so much.
Beyond the normal financial recoupment expected by China on the arrangement, is there some other sort of payback for this act of kindness and friendship? It would appear there is.
Word is that Pakistan shared information of the stealth helicopter from the bin Laden op with the Chinese. Pretty cool if you’re China; not cool at all if you’re the U.S., especially for the CIA who had (as opposed to Hu had) explicitly asked Pakistan not to do so.
These events should be viewed as a cost of doing business with (or better said, in) Pakistan.