China’s Economic Slowdown Won’t Derail Diplomatic Outreach in Central Asia

Afghanistani President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, Oct. 28, 2014 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
Afghanistani President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, Oct. 28, 2014 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
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At the end of July, following reports of Taliban chief Mullah Omar’s death, peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban to be held in China were canceled, striking a serious blow to China’s diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan. In an email interview, Kemel Toktomushev, a research fellow at the University of Central Asia, discussed China’s diplomatic outreach in Afghanistan and Central Asia. WPR: How active of a diplomatic role is China playing in Afghanistan, and how does China’s influence in Afghanistan compare to other international partners? Kemel Toktomushev: Indeed, Beijing is becoming more proactive in the region in general, and in […]

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