As the West withdraws from Afghanistan after a decade-long attempt to rout terrorists and stabilize the country, China is looking for ways to increase its involvement in the region. Until now, China has confined itself to small-scale economic partnerships with Afghanistan, preferring to remain aloof from the military maneuvers of the US war on terror.
Recently, however, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai have taken steps towards finalizing a new pact providing for Chinese economic, cultural and security investments. Afghanistan has sought similar partnerships with several nations, including the US and India, to help maintain stability after foreign troops exit at the end of 2014. China, still concerned for the security of the region, is deepening its commitment and most likely will begin participation in training Afghani troops. As the NATO withdraws from Afghanistan, threats to Afghan stability and international investments require a strong and united regional response. – YaleGlobal China views exit of West from Afghanistan as threat to its own investmentsThe Daily Times, 6 June 2012Rights:Daily Times – All Rights Reserved.
China Steps Up Afghan Role as West Pulls Out