China’s Outreach to Afghanistan
Abstract: 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.
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.
Tuesday 6 December 2016
Volunteers Day celebrated by the United Nations Volunteers Programme #UNV