China has pledged $31 million of aid to Afghanistan, and its embassy in Kabul has remained open. What does growing Chinese influence with the Taliban mean for United States security?
- Yun Sun, senior fellow and co-director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, said the Defense Department could mitigate China’s influence but that it would require “very difficult decisions” and a relationship with the Taliban.
- Sun said there is a power vacuum in Afghanistan and the question exists as to which country will fill it.
- Benefits China would gain from supporting the Taliban include security along the Afghanistan border and access to rich mineral resources, said Sun.