China has invested in security forces along Afghanistan’s border. Photo: AFP China has invested in security forces along Afghanistan’s border. Photo: AFP
China has invested in security forces along Afghanistan’s border. Photo: AFP
Raffaello Pantucci
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Raffaello Pantucci

Does Beijing grasp the portent of embracing Afghanistan and the Taliban?

  • Raffaello Pantucci says it is not clear that Beijing fully appreciates the role it is taking on by trying to broker peace in strife-torn Afghanistan

China has invested in security forces along Afghanistan’s border. Photo: AFP China has invested in security forces along Afghanistan’s border. Photo: AFP
China has invested in security forces along Afghanistan’s border. Photo: AFP
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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.