As the US Withdraws, China Pins Regional Stability Hopes On The Afghan Taliban

As the US Withdraws, China Pins Regional Stability Hopes On The Afghan Taliban

Andrew H. Sweet

Sharing a 76-kilometer border with Afghanistan, Beijing is maneuvering to protect its interests as the United States withdraws from its longest war.

Counter-terrorism expert Raffaello Pantucci suggests that although China is investing billions into neighboring Pakistan, for now, it doesn't appear willing to do the same in Afghanistan.

With the once restive western region Xinjiang now pacified, China wants to ensure the Taliban's return doesn't precipitate the return of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement.

Chinese authorities say the group is responsible for hundreds of terrorist attacks in China. But their presence has been largely snuffed out over the last two decades.

Mr. Pantucci maintained that regional security is China's preeminent concern.

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