“Beijing doesn’t necessarily place the same emphasis on factors the US sees as central to the future of Afghanistan…”
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul faced backlash for flying the Pride flag during June, and amidst the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan, people are taking a look at left-wing goals through a different lens.
A USGS assessment in 2007 estimated that Afghanistan’s mineral resources. A few years later, the value of those resources may have been $1 trillion. Now it could be worth three times that amount.
Last month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi even met with senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation in the city of Tianjin as ties between the two warmed up ahead of the pullout of US forces from Afghanistan.
“Beijing doesn’t necessarily place the same emphasis on factors the US sees as central to the future of Afghanistan, such as sustaining democratic elections or human rights,” Jost added.
But China’s willingness to recognize the Taliban — should the group topple the Afghan regime — undercuts Washington’s attempts to try to pressure the insurgents to return in good faith to diplomatic talks in Qatar.
Meanwhile, Yun Sun, director of the Stimson Center’s China Program, told the outlet that what remains clear from China’s latest move is that the shifting US goals for Afghanistan have failed.
“Fundamentally, what’s implied is that the recognition of the legitimacy of the Taliban equates to the total failure of the 20 years of war by the US in Afghanistan,” Sun told the outlet.
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