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China and the Taliban: What to Watch
August 23, 2021

China and the Taliban: What to Watch

By Bonnie Girard
Developments in two areas – Afghanistan’s illicit drug trade and the Sino-Afghan shared border – will give us early indications of Beijing’s approach to a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

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.
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.

Can China Drive the Afghan Peace Process?
May 18, 2019

Can China Drive the Afghan Peace Process?

By Shubhangi Pandey
China must clarify its strategic priorities to be able to positively influence the trajectory of the Afghan peace process.

China’s Surreptitious Advance in Afghanistan
September 22, 2018

China’s Surreptitious Advance in Afghanistan

By Shubhangi Pandey
Deteriorating Afghan security poses risks for China, so Beijing is quietly building up its presence in the area.

How 1980 Laid the Groundwork for China’s Major Foreign Policy Challenges
September 12, 2018

How 1980 Laid the Groundwork for China’s Major Foreign Policy Challenges

By Bonnie Girard
China’s policies on Afghanistan, Xinjiang, Russia, terrorism, and the trade war – all have their roots in the late Cold War era.

How China and India Can Help Secure the Peace in Afghanistan
August 07, 2018

How China and India Can Help Secure the Peace in Afghanistan

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Afghans consider both China and India to be trustworthy neighbors. Together, they can help ensure Afghanistan's future.
Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?
June 20, 2018

Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?

By Sudha Ramachandran
China’s role in Afghanistan is undoubtedly growing. What does that mean for the peace process?

The History of Chinese Mediation Between Afghanistan and Pakistan
January 05, 2018

The History of Chinese Mediation Between Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil
Kabul and Islamabad have long requested China help them settle their differences.

Afghan, Chinese Ministers of Defense Meet in Beijing
January 02, 2018

Afghan, Chinese Ministers of Defense Meet in Beijing

By Ankit Panda
The meeting underlines growing military-to-military ties.

China Brings Afghanistan and Pakistan Together to Discuss Regional Issues, But Divergences Remain
December 29, 2017

China Brings Afghanistan and Pakistan Together to Discuss Regional Issues, But Divergences Remain

By Harsh V. Pant
Despite Chinese attempts at mediation, differences between Kabul and Islamabad persist.
Why Is China Holding the China-Pakistan-Afghanistan Dialogue Now?
December 27, 2017

Why Is China Holding the China-Pakistan-Afghanistan Dialogue Now?

By Charlotte Gao
Beijing aims to incorporate Pakistan and Afghanistan deeper into its sphere of influence.

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