China’s Outreach to Afghanistan
Washington’s growing weariness with its involvement in
Afghanistan grates sharply with Beijing’s steadily
growing newfound engagement. This paper will analyze the factors pushing China into an ever-closer embrace of its neighbor than ever before in the last seven
decades. These geo-political re-alignments would be
analyzed in context of China’s larger interests in the commercial, security and political arena in
Afghanistan. It has been argued that a reconfiguration of
China’s geo-politics vis-à-vis. Afghanistan since 2009-10 has been profoundly shaped by evolving trajectories and power configurations, namely: the Indo-Pak
equation; implications of a US military drawdown for the
region; growing bonhomie between Russia, Pakistan and China; the challenge of drug proliferation and its
inter-twining with pan-Islamist groups that could
potentially have a bearing on troubles province of Xinjiang. The paper will argue that Beijing’s ever-tighter embrace of
Kabul mirrors its larger interests in South and Central Asia and the realization of the need to engage with the
trans-national nature of events unfolding in
Afghanistan. The paper concludes by raising critical questions concerning current Chinese strategy in Afghanistan.
Wednesday 26 July 2017
ACKU hosted a public lecture by Professor Nazif Shahrani, Indiana University on “Afghanistan’s Future after US-NATO Intervention: Un-kept Promises”.
Saturday 22 April 2017
Today, ACKU was honoured to host the renowned scholar Professor Goran Therborn.
Monday 26 December 2016
ACKU has just started a Research Collaboration with City, University of London.