US soldiers in Soltan Khel, Afghanistan, in 2013. The US assumes China has aggressive, expansionist intent and expects it to be the next hegemon to be embroiled in Afghanistan. Photo: TNS US soldiers in Soltan Khel, Afghanistan, in 2013. The US assumes China has aggressive, expansionist intent and expects it to be the next hegemon to be embroiled in Afghanistan. Photo: TNS
US soldiers in Soltan Khel, Afghanistan, in 2013. The US assumes China has aggressive, expansionist intent and expects it to be the next hegemon to be embroiled in Afghanistan. Photo: TNS
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

Why a post-US Afghanistan poses a litmus test for China as a military power

  • If China, as viewed by the US, is an aggressive power with an offensive agenda, it will be sucked into the Afghan mess. If it truly is a defensive power, it will resist the temptation

US soldiers in Soltan Khel, Afghanistan, in 2013. The US assumes China has aggressive, expansionist intent and expects it to be the next hegemon to be embroiled in Afghanistan. Photo: TNS US soldiers in Soltan Khel, Afghanistan, in 2013. The US assumes China has aggressive, expansionist intent and expects it to be the next hegemon to be embroiled in Afghanistan. Photo: TNS
US soldiers in Soltan Khel, Afghanistan, in 2013. The US assumes China has aggressive, expansionist intent and expects it to be the next hegemon to be embroiled in Afghanistan. Photo: TNS
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