Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (centre), and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif join hands after a joint dialogue in 2017. Photo: AFP

The real reason China wants peace in Afghanistan

  • Like many superpowers before it, Beijing is discovering just how difficult it is to establish a presence in a region famed for self-destruction 
  • It has a vested interest in Afghanistan’s security – it is vital for the success of Gwadar Port, a key hub in Xi Jinping’s ambitious belt and road plan
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (centre), and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif join hands after a joint dialogue in 2017. Photo: AFP
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Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain is an Islamabad-based journalist and Pakistan affairs analyst