China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) pictured during his meeting with his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts, Khawaja Asif (left) and Salahuddin Rabbani (centre) at a news conference in Beijing last month. Photo: Reuters China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) pictured during his meeting with his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts, Khawaja Asif (left) and Salahuddin Rabbani (centre) at a news conference in Beijing last month. Photo: Reuters
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) pictured during his meeting with his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts, Khawaja Asif (left) and Salahuddin Rabbani (centre) at a news conference in Beijing last month. Photo: Reuters
Raffaello Pantucci
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Raffaello Pantucci

Time China met its promises and took leading role in Afghanistan

Beijing needs to move beyond rhetoric and take more concrete action to help and guide the violence-torn nation on its northern borders, writes Raffaello Pantucci

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) pictured during his meeting with his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts, Khawaja Asif (left) and Salahuddin Rabbani (centre) at a news conference in Beijing last month. Photo: Reuters China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) pictured during his meeting with his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts, Khawaja Asif (left) and Salahuddin Rabbani (centre) at a news conference in Beijing last month. Photo: Reuters
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) pictured during his meeting with his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts, Khawaja Asif (left) and Salahuddin Rabbani (centre) at a news conference in Beijing last month. Photo: Reuters
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Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. His work focuses on terrorism, counter-terrorism and China's Eurasian relations. He has a forthcoming book on China's relations with Central Asia and most of his work can be found at raffaellopantucci.com. Prior to Covid-19, he spent a good portion of his time traversing the Eurasian continent seeking understanding about the new continental dynamics.