The relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan is ultimately far more important than the details of how Osama bin Laden was captured. And for Washington, the option of breaking with Pakistan does not exist.
The death of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden probably will have very little practical impact on the jihadist movement. The reaction of the Pakistani government and the Pakistani public to the raid will be more significant.
It is not clear whether China's next generation of leaders will augment Deng's theory, or discard it. It is clear, however, that China is taking on a challenge much greater than a change in presidents or administrations.