If U.S. President Barack Obama is right that there is a democratic movement in the Muslim world large enough to seize power and create U.S.-friendly regimes, then he has made a wise choice. If he is wrong, he risks losing the regional coalition he has.
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.
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.