Kyrgyzstan is ready to maintain close communication with China on strengthening cooperation at border ports and promoting the construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway, so as to jointly lift the friendly relations between Kyrgyzstan and China to a new level, showing the sound development momentum of the China-Kyrgyzstan comprehensive strategic partnership.
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.
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.
Pakistan’s foreign minister confirmed that his country refused to give any military base to the US for monitoring Afghanistan after foreign forces withdrawal from Kabul. According to the US media, after Pakistan’s refusal, Washington is exploring options to get bases in Central Asia near the Afghan border. However, Russia could oppose this.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan expressed protest against illegal actions of Tajikistan after containers were put up and a significant amount of military personnel and military vehicles were deployed in undelimited border zone in Unzhu-Bulak area of Chon Alay district of Osh region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on ratifying a treaty between Russia and Kazakhstan on military cooperation. It will cover a broad range of issues, including, the delivery of armaments and hardware, participation in joint bilateral and multilateral drills and troop combat training.
Some Russian media outlets have claimed that the Pentagon will allocate funds for the construction of US military facilities in West and Central Asia. Meanwhile, some Afghan media outlets reported that the United States is building a military base in the Shalozan and Terminal areas near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Kurram District.
Kyrgyz and Tajik officials have agreed to jointly control along a disputed segment of the border to ease tensions following deadly clashes late last month. The situation is particularly complicated near the numerous exclaves in the volatile Ferghana Valley, where the borders of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan meet.
The US’ War on Afghanistan spectacularly failed to accomplish anything positive of significance.
US President Biden’s announcement that his country will initiate its full withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 May and complete it by the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on America’s top failures there over the past two decades:
Topple The Taliban
Not only does the Taliban still control a significant swath of Afghanistan, but it’s poised to return to power through peaceful means via the planned establishment of an inclusive transitional government.
While Al Qaeda’s reported capabilities to plan international attacks from Afghan soil have successfully been destroyed, the entrance of ISIS to the battlefield from 2014 onward means that such threats still remain.
Build A “Democratic” Afghanistan
Far from being the regional beacon of Western-style “democracy” that America envisioned, modern-day Afghanistan is a cesspool of anti-democratic practices, corruption, and extra-judicial killings.
Support Human Rights
Some women now enjoy broader rights in line with the new socio-political model externally imposed upon parts of the country, but many Afghans have also fallen victim to the occupiers’ vicious human rights abuses.
Extract Rare Earth Minerals
Despite having an estimated $1 trillion of rare earth minerals under its soil, the Western occupation forces have failed to extract these on any large enough scale to make a strategic difference due to Taliban attacks.
Destabilize The Central-South-West Asian Regions
Late US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski’s plans to divide and rule those three regions through externally provoked “Balkanization” processes didn’t succeed due to the targeted states” HybridWar resilience.
Avoid A Vietnam 2.0 Scenario
The US ignobly repeated the same Vietnam scenario that it hoped to avert by ultimately withdrawing from Afghanistan following a dishonorable defeat at the hands of militarily less sophisticated foes.
All told, the US spectacularly failed to accomplish anything of significance in Afghanistan. None of its objectives, whether stated or speculated, succeeded. The only ones who benefited from this war were the military-industrial complex and especially those within it who stole at least $19 billion in public funds.