A member of a Taliban military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency base in Deh Sabz district, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 6. Photo: AFP A member of a Taliban military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency base in Deh Sabz district, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 6. Photo: AFP
A member of a Taliban military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency base in Deh Sabz district, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 6. Photo: AFP
Nicholas Ross Smith
Opinion

Opinion

Nicholas Ross Smith

US humiliation in Afghanistan does not guarantee China superpower status

  • China’s response to the US leaving Afghanistan will be of key interest to those forecasting the shape of international politics
  • While pragmatism will protect China from hubris and overreach, its lack of soft power will curb its ability to dictate world events

A member of a Taliban military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency base in Deh Sabz district, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 6. Photo: AFP A member of a Taliban military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency base in Deh Sabz district, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 6. Photo: AFP
A member of a Taliban military unit walks amid debris of the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency base in Deh Sabz district, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 6. Photo: AFP
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