The Taliban have announced that China will be their “main partner” and will help rebuild Afghanistan. According to Asia Today, the Taliban have an interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and see it as a revival of the ancient Silk Road.
“China will be our main partner and represents a great opportunity for us because it is ready to invest in our country and support reconstruction efforts,” Zabihulah Mujahid said in an interview. He believes China will be helpful in utilizing Afghanistan’s rich copper resources and will form a pathway to global markets.
Mujahid also said the damaged airport will soon be operational once again. “The airport should be clean within the next three days and will be rebuilt in a short time. I hope it will be operational again in September,” he said.
Former American envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley says China has ulterior motives. “We need to watch China because I think you are going to see China make a move for Bagram Air Force Base. I think they are also making a move in Afghanistan and trying to use Pakistan to get stronger to go against India. So, we have got a lot of issues,” she said.
China will now have a foothold in the Middle East right in the viper’s nest of Taliban territory.
Thanks to Biden.