China to Expand Its Presence in Afghanistan Under BRI as US Leaving Country – Report

Although the Biden administration initially set September 11 as the date for full withdrawal, the US media widely reported that the majority of troops would be out by early July. However, last week Biden said that there would still be “some forces left” even after the September deadline, leaving Kabul with a vital question about its own future.

China is poised to swoop in and enlarge its cooperation with Afghanistan, subsequently filling the void left by the departing US and NATO forces as they continue pulling out of the war-torn nation, the Daily Beast reported. 

Citing a source close to Afghan government officials, the outlet claimed that Kabul authorities are increasing their engagement with China on an extension of the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which involves the construction of highways, railways, and energy pipelines between Pakistan and China.

One of the specific projects in the discussion is reportedly the construction of a major road funded by China between Afghanistan and Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, which is already connected to the CPEC route.

According to the source, as the US leaves the country for good, “Ghani needs an ally with resources, clout and ability to provide military support to his government,” even though the negotiations with the Chinese previously made “the US suspicious of President Ashraf Ghani’s government.”

In May, media reported, citing China’s foreign ministry, that Beijing was in talks with…

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