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China Signals It’s Back to Business as Usual With Taliban Government
March 25, 2022

China Signals It’s Back to Business as Usual With Taliban Government

By Shannon Tiezzi
Foreign Minister Wang Yi's surprise trip to Afghanistan was a clear sign that China is ready to engage with the Taliban as a normal government.

Why Is Beijing Going Nuts for Afghan Pine Nuts?
December 01, 2021

Why Is Beijing Going Nuts for Afghan Pine Nuts?

By Ajmal Waziri and Raffaello Pantucci
The trade offers concrete and immediate benefits to both the Chinese government and the Taliban.
The Fight for Afghanistan’s Future
August 06, 2021

The Fight for Afghanistan’s Future

By Ankit Panda
What lies ahead for Afghanistan as the United States withdraws and fighting between the Taliban and the government intensifies?

China’s Afghanistan Challenge and the Central Asian Dilemma 
June 16, 2021

China’s Afghanistan Challenge and the Central Asian Dilemma 

By Niva Yau and Raffaello Pantucci
None expect China to replace the United States in military terms, but Central Asia may hope Beijing plays a more substantial role in Afghanistan.

China Urges Closer Afghanistan Ties as US Withdrawal Looms
June 04, 2021

China Urges Closer Afghanistan Ties as US Withdrawal Looms

By Associated Press
China has long resented the presence of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, but is equally wary of instability in the region.

Du Youkang on China’s Stake in Afghanistan
May 04, 2021

Du Youkang on China’s Stake in Afghanistan

By Shannon Tiezzi
What the peace process and U.S. withdrawal means for Beijing.

The Afghan National Unity Government’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan: Part 2
April 12, 2019

The Afghan National Unity Government’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan: Part 2

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil
The NUG has seen more success than its predecessors in appealing to China – largely thanks to the Belt and Road.
Afghanistan’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan, Part 1: 1991-2014
April 11, 2019

Afghanistan’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan, Part 1: 1991-2014

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil
Since the early '90s, Kabul has tried to convince China to intervene with Pakistan on its behalf – to little success.

The Taliban’s Delusion Hampers Reconciliation
January 17, 2019

The Taliban’s Delusion Hampers Reconciliation

By Daud Khattak
Emboldened by foreign support, the Taliban continue to refuse talks with the Afghan government.

With Rumored 'Training Camp,' China's Afghanistan Presence Set to Grow
August 29, 2018

With Rumored 'Training Camp,' China's Afghanistan Presence Set to Grow

By Catherine Putz
A larger regional view helps shed light on China’s increasing activities in Afghanistan.

The Rise of Taliban Diplomacy
January 03, 2017

The Rise of Taliban Diplomacy

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil
How are the Taliban and Kabul faring in their diplomatic tug-of-war over Afghanistan's neighbors?
Afghanistan and Ashraf Ghani's New Internationalism
September 14, 2016

Afghanistan and Ashraf Ghani's New Internationalism

By Shawn Snow
'Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the Right.'

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