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In what has been a volatile week for Pakistan and the United States on the diplomatic front, Saudi Arabia seems to be stepping into what some are calling the role of the mediator. Daniel Markey of the Center on Foreign Relations says the Saudi's certainly have the clout to back a reconciliation agenda and to see it through, although the role they are actually playing remains-behind-the-scenes and out of sight. There is also speculation about what role, if any, China could play. Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation thinks that Pakistan's leadership pulls out the China card for its domestic audience when its relations with the United States hit the floor, but she says Pakistan would be unpleasantly surprised if it expects China to be its sole provider and supporter. Besides, she says, China shares some of United State's concerns about the extremism and instability in Pakistan.