How Big a Security Threat Does China Face as Taliban Draws Closer to Border With Xinjiang?

However, Chinese observers believe it is unlikely that terrorist groups will enter Xinjiang through Wakhan corridor. They are more likely to threaten China through Central Asia countries if the situation in Afghanistan worsens, which further demonstrates that the situation in Afghanistan has a direct bearing on regional stability and needs to enhance international efforts in fixing the situation.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and the scheduled foreign ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)-Afghanistan Contact Group this week come amid a growing spillover of security threats coming from the worsening situation in Afghanistan.

With the evolving Afghanistan situation, the Taliban* is quietly transforming itself to improve its international image, easing the concerns of and befriending neighbouring countries.

Chinese observers noted that China and Russia, as the major responsible powers in the region, will cooperate more with all parties in peacefully solving the Afghanistan issue and its reconstruction work and that Afghanistan will not become a “graveyard of empires” for China and Russia, since both countries uphold the principle of non-interference.

How Big Is the Threat? 

With the US-led troops withdrawing from Afghanistan at a faster pace and the Taliban continuing to gain ground, some Western media have been hyping the so-called “China’s fears.” They said the Taliban…

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