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China steps into Middle East role as US retreats | Source: Hankyhoreh

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (left) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for a photo after their talk in Tianjin, China, on July 28.

As the US shifts the focus of its foreign affairs and national security policy from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to target China, China has been proactive about moving in turn to fill the power vacuum. In particular, Beijing has been stepping up its diplomatic efforts with the Islamic world, including increased communication with Middle Eastern countries amid the chaos following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Source: Hankyhoreh


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