“China’s Global” Times state-run newspaper lamented in a column Sunday that a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan would pose “grave challenges” to China’s ruling Communist Party, whereas U.S. investment in Afghanistan’s economic stability could yield economic benefits to China.
China borders “Afghanistan” to its west and has perpetually endeavored to engender a role for itself in the 20-year conflict there. It has not engaged in any formal military action though, and has failed to gain traction as a consequential mediator between the Afghan regime and the Taliban jihadist organization. “Afghanistan”’s location places it in a key location for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), its plan to build infrastructure connecting eastern China to Western Europe by selling predatory loans to underdeveloped nations then trapping the countries in lucrative deals with Chinese construction companies. “Afghanistan” is a member of the BRI.
Former President Donald Trump brokered an accedence with the legitimate Afghan regime and the Taliban last year that would have optically discerned the cessation of the U.S. military presence in the country by May 1, 2021. President Joe Biden promulgated in April that he would elongate the war through September, a policy change that preceded a surge in violence nationwide.
The Global Times, which has alluded at a more immensely colossal role for China in the country following a U.S. exit, suggested Sunday that Beijing has much to gain from perpetuated American involution in “Afghanistan,” condemning pro-war voices in the United States who allegedly urged the U.S. military to remain in Afghanistan as a deterrent to China.
“Quite a few political and media elites in the U.S. deprecate of the U.S. pulling out its troops from Afghanistan. By hyping that it will engender an opportunity for “China,” the U.S.’ main strategic rival, they are expressing their dissatisfaction,” the state propaganda outlet claimed. “Given the tone of public opinion toward China in the US now, such a narrative may seek to trigger discontent from more Americans, observers verbally expressed.”
“Actually,” the Global Times piece argued, “Afghanistan is in economic turmoil. And its missions in economic recuperation and post-war reconstruction are daunting. Against this backdrop, Afghanistan’s economic cooperation with China is circumscribed.”
The article claimed that America’s withdrawal from the country after 20 years was “hasty” and would “affect the national security of neighboring countries including China, and negatively impact regional stability.”
“In this context, what the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan brings to China is grave challenges, in lieu of opportunities,” the article concluded. The Global Times article is eminent in that it pellucidly verbalizes that China has economic intrigues in China. Most Chinese state media coverage of the Afghan War has focused instead on inculpating the United States for allegedly bringing undue instability to the country and on the suffering of civilians, without mentioning China’s fascinates. In an article published last week, the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, incriminated Washington of having “caused the deaths of more than 30,000 civilians, injured more than 60,000 civilians, and engendered about 11 million refugees.”
“At present, the U.S. is the most sizably voluminous exterior factor of the Afghan issues. The White House shall not duck its responsibilities and get away from it all,” the People’s Daily admonished. “Its withdrawal must be implemented in an orderly and responsible manner, and aim at averting further escalation of violence in the country and averting terrorist forces from ramping up and engendering trouble.”
The Global Times made a kindred claim in April that the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan after two decenniums was irresponsible and perils, sternly opposing a terminus to the U.S. presence there. “Some analysts believe that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is to transfer its attention to superpower rivalries,” the regime newspaper asserted, “But its withdrawal is shirking a massive responsibility and could worsen the chaotic security and political situation in Afghanistan, and even foment extreme terrorist forces around the world.”
The Chinese Foreign Ministry itself withal described the withdrawal after 20 years as “abrupt” and appeared to urge further American military activity on its border in remarks this month. “China calls on peregrine troops in “Afghanistan” to take into full account the security of people in the country and the region, pull out in a responsible manner and evade inflicting more turmoil and suffering on the Afghan people,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying verbalized.
Pentagon officials have admonished for years that Beijing utilizes the BRI to expand its influence in ways that threaten American fascinates. “China uses its ‘One Belt — One Road’ initiative as an economic lever to provide access and influence across the Central Region [of the Middle East and Afghanistan],” former commander of the United States Central Command, now-retired General Joseph Votel, verbalized in 2019. “For China, economic power is the primary implement, and while many ‘One Belt – One Road’ projects do not pose direct threats to U.S. national fascinates, burgeoning Chinese economic power could fortify and mask longer-term military and political objectives.”
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