In the United States withdrawal from war-torn Afghanistan, China has observed the comprehension of long-held desires to reduce the impact of a geopolitical challenger in what it considers its backyard.
Yet, it’s also profoundly anxious that the very pullout could bring peril and instability to that back yard, Central Asia, and probably even bubble over their narrow, remote border into China and the Xinjiang, the heavenly Muslim region in northwest China.
The Afghan Taliban’s capturing could certainly present economic and political opportunities for the People’s Republic, including developing Islamic Republic’s vast mineral riches. In addition, China has stated it’s willing to help rebuild the destitute nation. But firmness will be needed to obtain most of the benefits, and the immediate outcome of the U.S. pullout has been more instability.
There are many misconceptions about China and Afghanistan.
The US withdrawal has been presented as a “victory” for Beijing. The real picture is more complicated.
In this thread, I will add material that makes sense of Beijing’s interests and fears regarding Afghanistan ⬇️
— Javier Borràs Arumí (@jborrasarumi) August 17, 2021
A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the leading priority for the global community is to assist and encourage different political factions and ethnic groups in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to find an inclusive and open political framework that the Afghan people accepted.
Sean R. Roberts, an Associate Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University, said that it is uncertain if Beijing could help stabilize the Islamic Republic. Still, America should not necessarily object if it attempts.
Roberts said he thinks America should welcome Beijing’s involvement in the war-torn country rather than interpret it as a threat. Moreover, it presents “a real test” of whether China could be a responsible actor on the global stage.
Experts Say America Costs Little By Pullout
Like many other countries, the People’s Republic of China is anxious about the peril of terrorism from Taliban-led country. China has frequently told the Afghan Taliban that the country can’t turn a fertile land for fighters to carry out attacks in autonomous territory Xinjiang, much as Usama Bin Muhammad Bin Awad Bin laden used it as a facility to prepare September 11 attacks on the United States of America.
The Afghan Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan has drawn more condemnation for American pullout, including that the United States is handing over strategically valuable land to Beijing. That caution has come former and current American officials and other viewers, but analysts and experts told the news outlet that the American exit possibly presents People’s Republic with the latest worries about its neighbor and costs America little in regard to strategic positioning.
China is anticipated to depend profoundly on Pakistan to maintain stability in the war-torn country, but whether competing groups in Islamabad could unite in that aim remains to be realized.
Furthermore, Roberts said he believes that China would prefer not to become entangled with both the security situation and the internal politics in Afghanistan, but this would be growing more challenging to do given American forces pullout.