Beijing, though, dreads a multilateral consolidation against it, involving the US, India, Japan, and Australia. Meanwhile, a lucrative region which beckons China would be Af-Pak, especially after the US exit. China has invested heavily in Pakistan and seeks to extend its influence through Afghanistan towards the oil-rich West Asia and Central Asia. On the one hand, it is focusing massively on the Karakoram link to Gwadar; on the other, Beijing is worried about the fall-out of the Af-Pak turmoil on its frontiers. This is essentially due to yet another uprising in restive Xingjiang, which China blamed on terror camps operating out of Pakistan.