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China’s Non-Leadership in the Taliban’s Afghanistan
June 27, 2022

China’s Non-Leadership in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

By Barbara Kelemen
China has little interest in providing global leadership on the Afghanistan issue, especially when selective engagement seems to be paying off.

China’s Embrace of the Taliban Complicates US Afghanistan Strategy
April 13, 2022

China’s Embrace of the Taliban Complicates US Afghanistan Strategy

By Zane Zovak
China’s willingness to partner with the Taliban undermines American efforts to influence the extremist group’s behavior through pressure campaigns and sanctions.
Amid Ukraine War, China Welcomes Russia’s Foreign Minister
March 31, 2022

Amid Ukraine War, China Welcomes Russia’s Foreign Minister

By Shannon Tiezzi
In arguably Beijing’s strongest signal of support for Russia yet, Sergey Lavrov is a full participant at a China-hosted meeting on Afghanistan affairs.

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.

China in Afghanistan: How Beijing Engages the Taliban
December 25, 2021

China in Afghanistan: How Beijing Engages the Taliban

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Claudia Chia.

China Snubs India, Backs Pakistan in Dueling Afghanistan Meetings
November 11, 2021

China Snubs India, Backs Pakistan in Dueling Afghanistan Meetings

By Shannon Tiezzi
China bowed out of security talks on Afghan in New Delhi, but will join a similar meeting in Pakistan held the next day.

Does the Belt and Road Have a Future in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan?
August 21, 2021

Does the Belt and Road Have a Future in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan?

By Sebastien Goulard
The Taliban will welcome the hard infrastructure elements of the BRI. The “soft” components are a different story.
China’s Political Calculations and Potential Options in Afghanistan
August 19, 2021

China’s Political Calculations and Potential Options in Afghanistan

By Jianli Yang
Beijing will approach Afghan affairs – and the Taliban – more cautiously than people think.

China Blames US for Chaos in Afghanistan But Offers Cooperation Toward Stability
August 18, 2021

China Blames US for Chaos in Afghanistan But Offers Cooperation Toward Stability

By Associated Press
Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his U.S. counterpart that China is willing to help promote the soft landing of the Afghan issue” and avoid “humanitarian disaster.”

The Taliban: China’s Deal With the Devil in Afghanistan
August 17, 2021

The Taliban: China’s Deal With the Devil in Afghanistan

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Taliban’s promises cannot be trusted. China knows this, but it has few good options.

China in Afghanistan: Trade and Terrorism
August 02, 2021

China in Afghanistan: Trade and Terrorism

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Sean Roberts.
China’s Afghanistan Gambit
July 13, 2021

China’s Afghanistan Gambit

By Barbara Kelemen
The pace of the Taliban’s military advancement on the eve of the U.S. pullout not only stokes worries of regional spillover, but also shines a spotlight on China.

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