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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.

China Strongly Backs Afghanistan at Regional Conference
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.
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’s Foreign Minister Makes Surprise Stop In Afghanistan
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.

How the Rise of Islamic State Khorasan in Afghanistan Feeds Uyghur Militancy
February 17, 2022

How the Rise of Islamic State Khorasan in Afghanistan Feeds Uyghur Militancy

By Barbara Kelemen
As the Taliban courts China with nascent regulations on Uyghur militants, ISK is trying to capitalize by boosting recruitment of Uyghurs.

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.

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism
October 06, 2021

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism

By Omer Kanat
Hyping an unsubstantiated “extremism” threat is a key, and classic, tactic in the Chinese government’s propaganda war.
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 the US Isolate the Taliban?
August 11, 2021

Can the US Isolate the Taliban?

By Catherine Putz
The answer is less clear now, in 2021, than it was in 1996. 

Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?
July 28, 2021

Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?

By Catherine Putz
The consensus is that negotiation is the only way out of the conflict for Afghanistan, but that only holds true if the international community is united. It’s not.
Did China Build a Spy Network in Kabul?
February 17, 2021

Did China Build a Spy Network in Kabul?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Amid murky allegations of contact with the Haqqani Network, the life of one Chinese national in Kabul comes under scrutiny.

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