US force’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has completely changed the foreign policy of the Chinese government, a big turnover as the Chinese government and the Taliban Faction showing interest in each other. Here the romance between China and the Taliban begins. While the world looks on as the US pulls out of Afghanistan in shambles, Beijing has beefed up its border with the country and talked with Taliban commanders.
As the US forces are out of Afghan soil, Beijing wants to use Afghanistan as a strategic corridor
“A report of 2014 which suggests that Afghanistan may comprise of trillion dollars worth earth metals under its mountains”.
After the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan had made the Asian countries think either to accept the Taliban’s government or to stay against them. Things have completely taken a new phase right after the US left Afghanistan, taking its military back home, fighting a two-decades-long war.
Many analysts have come up in recent days to anticipate how America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan will affect China’s regional and global stature.
China’s embassy in Kabul remains operational, though they have evacuated the people from the embassy those who are still there are advised to stay in-door also keep a close eye on the security situation there.
China wants friendly ties with the Taliban after the Kabul takeover
China, which used to be one of the countries to be against the Taliban faction, but after the change in Afghan politics, China had to re-think that whether to be adamant on their stance or not.
Being the second strongest state economically and the most powerful country of Asia, all eyes are on China, as the Taliban seems to be interested as well as China to have friendly relations with each other. Taliban have frequently expressed their hopes in China that they will participate in Afghanistan’s development and reconstruction.
China’s spokesperson on Monday on behalf of China said that China is ready to have friendly and cooperative relations with the Afghans.
China has feared Afghanistan, as the militants have long used Afghanistan as the base for launching attacks and spreading terrorism throughout the region.
How the Taliban and China will seek profit from each other
China and Afghanistan share the 76-kilometer long border, which creates the sensitivity in the Chinese government mind that what if Afghanistan becomes the base of militants again?
Throughout the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, Beijing has worked to preserve unofficial links with the Taliban, which has sparked a hardline advance across the nation, culminating in the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul on Sunday.
Last month a top-level delegation of the Taliban also visited China and met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi. During their visit to China, they promised the Chinese government that Afghanistan would not be used as a safe haven or base for the militants. In exchange for that promise China promised the Taliban delegation to help them economically and will invest in Afghanistan’s reconstruction.
China has no interest in influencing the Afghan lands or taking the opportunity after the US forces to settle there, their only concern is that it may become the safe heavens for the Uyghur fighters and other groups that have the potential to destabilize Central Asia or undermine Chinese interests in the region or at home.
On the other hand, the Taliban also seems interested in having good ties with China as China could be the one to bring development projects to Afghanistan. China will surely take the necessary time to trust the Taliban faction before investing.
China would welcome the opportunity to benefit from Afghanistan’s enormous mineral riches and include Afghanistan in its Belt and Road Initiative in the long run, but by the experience of the Americans in Afghanistan, they must have learned a lot even the modest expectations in Afghanistan must be tempered.
The issue now remains are that on one hand, China wants to increase its road and belt initiative by having friendly ties with the Taliban faction and secure its borders and the business they had been doing in Pakistan (CPEC), but on other hand, they are not sure whether the Taliban will stick by its promise and let the stability prevail in the region.