April 20, 2009
The dragon in the Hindu Kush: China’s interests in Afghanistan
THOMAS ADAMS AND ARNAV MANCHANDA Globe and Mail
It appears that China is forging closer ties with post-Taliban Afghanistan. Afghanistan, meanwhile, is also undoubtedly interested in Chinese investment as it seeks to diversify its international relations away from the West. However, China’s increasing interest in Afghanistan creates a host of implications – within Afghanistan, China and the region as a whole.
Three reasons stand out as explanations for China’s increasing involvement.
First, China requires natural resources from abroad to fuel its fast-growing economy. Afghanistan possesses a critical …Lees meer