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Chinese officials reportedly in Afghanistan to explore lithium projects | Source: Ariana News

Representatives of five companies obtained special visas, arriving in Afghanistan in early November. Afghanistan has large reserves of lithium, a key component used for the batteries of electric vehicles. It´s rich also in resources ranging from copper, lead, zinc, gold, oil and gas, bauxite, coal, iron ore and rare earths.

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China reached consensus with USA and Russia on various aspects of the Afghanistan issue | Source: Ariana News

China reached consensus with United States and Russia on various aspects of the Afghanistan issue including humanitarian situation and anti-terrorism efforts. They agreed to called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan [IEA] to develop friendly relations with neighboring countries, completely cut off ties with all terrorist organizations and fulfill their commitment to prevent terrorist groups from using Afghan soil to attack neighboring countries and other countries.

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China to join Pakistan-hosted meeting on Afghanistan, skips India’s parallel conference | Source: Global Times

A Chinese representative will attend the Pakistan-hosted meeting on Afghanistan, along with representatives from the US and Russia, and Chinese analysts believe that the four countries which could play a comprehensive role in addressing the plight of Afghanistan are likely to discuss the urgent needs and next step for Afghan Taliban in forming an inclusive government and cracking down on terrorism. China’s decision to join the meeting came a day after Beijing said it was unable to attend a India-hosted meeting on Afghanistan due of “scheduling reasons”. Chinese analysts said India is using the meeting to show its influence in regional affairs and strike a blow to Pakistan.

Source: Global Times


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China turns down participation in Afghan moot hosted by India | Source: Business Recorder

China will not attend the regional security dialogue on Afghanistan to be hosted by India, a development that comes after Pakistan had also turned down New Delhi’s invitation, saying that “a spoiler cannot become a peacemaker” in Afghanistan.. The Indian government is refraining from clubbing the two refusals, but, citing its sources, said that China’s response may be due to Pakistan.

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China, Russia Working Together on Security Threats in Central Asia | Source: VOA NEWS

The security threat in Afghanistan and the desire to shut off Central Asia from other powers, such as the U.S., is motivating Beijing and Moscow to cooperate and gloss over their differences. Beijing’s gradual engagement with Central Asian countries had been focused on the economic front, with state-backed investments in hydrocarbons, mineral extraction, pipeline construction, transportation, among others, but “lately there has been a trend of China becoming a security player too”. Moscow, meanwhile, has been the dominant security partner for the countries within the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization framework and has been the largest supplier of arms.

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China to build Tajikistan police base near Afghan border amid Taliban concerns | Source: The New Arab

China will build a base for police in Tajikistan near the Afghan border, amid concerns from both countries about the Taliban’s ability to keep a lid on extremist groups. Tajikistan, a country of 9.5 million, has received financial assistance from both China and the United States to build and reinforce its border posts and hosts a major Russian military base.

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China vows to help Taliban ‘rebuild’ Afghanistan in Doha meeting | Source: Strait Times

China pledged to help the Taliban “rebuild the country” while reiterating calls for the US to lift sanctions against the new leaders of Afghanistan as the economy worsens. China is also counting on the Taliban to rein in radical Islamic terrorists that threaten Chinese interests both at home and abroad. A stable Afghanistan could open up opportunities to develop the country’s substantial mineral resources and give a boost to Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

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China slowly shifting its role into security matters in the Central Asian region | Source: Asia Plus

Chinese troops have reportedly controlled a remote stretch of land near the Wakhan Corridor not far from Tajikistan’s mountainous border with northeastern Afghanistan, a strategic location from a collection of buildings and lookout towers as part of Beijing’s nascent but growing hard-power footprint in the region that is focused on security in neighboring Afghanistan. China’s stepped-up security presence is driven in part by a desire to protect its investments and by Beijing’s view that Central Asia can act as a bulwark against extremism in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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China is already sending aid to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, filling the gap the US left | Source: Business Insider

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China is already sending aid to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, filling the financial gap left by the US and other world powers. Last week, China pledged $31 million worth of food, medicine, and COVID-19 vaccines, to Afghanistan, the first sizeable foreign-aid promise from a major nation since August 15. For China, the new Taliban regime signals a chance to extend its reach and access natural reserves.

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China eyes investment opportunity in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan | Source: Hindustan Times

After the formation of an interim Taliban government in Afghanistan, China is set to establish an industry platform in the war-torn country to look into possibilities for investment in the reconstruction effort.”Various Chinese enterprises in the sectors of infrastructure construction and mining have contacted us for discussion since the release of the platform plan,” the state media quoted.

Source: Hindustan Times


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