Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of the Taliban, meets Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin on July 28. Photo: Xinhua Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of the Taliban, meets Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin on July 28. Photo: Xinhua
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of the Taliban, meets Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin on July 28. Photo: Xinhua
Hagai M. Segal
Opinion

Opinion

Hagai M. Segal

US leaving Afghanistan clears a lucrative but risky path for China and others

  • The ‘new’ Taliban wants to avoid a return to isolationism and international pariahdom, so its dealings will be tempered by pragmatism
  • Qatar and Turkey have moved quickly to take advantage of the US absence, and China stands to benefit handsomely in economic and geopolitical influence

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of the Taliban, meets Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin on July 28. Photo: Xinhua Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of the Taliban, meets Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin on July 28. Photo: Xinhua
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of the Taliban, meets Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin on July 28. Photo: Xinhua
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