February 22, 2023
China’s Clouded Future in Afghanistan
By Barbara Kelemen
Will Islamic State Khorasan Province push Beijing to abandon Kabul?
January 06, 2023
Taliban Settle Oil Deal With Chinese Company
By Catherine Putz
The Taliban's new deal is actually a repeat of a previous contract signed by the former Republic government with CNPC in 2011. That deal's fate should temper expectations.
December 15, 2022
How Realistic Are China’s Plans to Expand CPEC to Afghanistan?
By Mariyam Suleman Anees
The profits may be high, but the risks involved are higher, especially in the context of attacks on Chinese nationals and interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
December 01, 2022
Inheriting the Storm: Beijing’s Difficult New Relationship with Kabul
By Raffaello Pantucci
Far from inheriting an opportunity, China finds itself encumbered with an ever-expanding roster of problems in Afghanistan, which it is showing little interest in trying to resolve or own.
September 15, 2022
Trial Run for China-Afghan Rail Corridor as SCO Summit Kicks Off
By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Rail routes are all the rage, as the SCO gathers. Keep an eye out for new agreements on regional transit routes.
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.
March 31, 2022
China Strongly Backs Afghanistan at Regional Conference
By Associated Press
Afghanistan has been partially successful in boosting stability, improving livelihoods, and protecting human rights, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
March 25, 2022
China’s Foreign Minister Makes Surprise Stop In Afghanistan
By Kathy Gannon
Wang Yi’s visit marked one of the highest-level engagements for the Taliban regime – and came just a day after the Taliban broke a promise to allow older girls to attend school.
December 25, 2021
China in Afghanistan: How Beijing Engages the Taliban
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Claudia Chia.
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.
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.
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.
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