Afghanistan Wants China To Fill Power Vacuum Created by US: Sources

File Pic: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping

KABUL: Diplomatic sources as well as informed media personnel in Kabul have confirmed that the regime of President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul is extensively engaged with China not only to fill in the power vacuum, created by the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, but also to help the country at the economic front.

Sources said the administration of President Ashraf Ghani has approached Chinese administration, seeking to not only extend the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, but also to help fill the security gap created by the withdrawal of foreign troops and which has badly exposed the fragile nature of the Kabul administration.

Also, the representatives of Ashraf Ghani’s administration have conveyed their concern to the Chinese authorities that the weakness of Kabul’s grip over Afghanistan would not only result in the mushroom re-growth of militants’ pockets throughout the country, but also result in the re-emergence of form of militancy that would pose direct threats to domestic security in China, particularly in Xinjiang, a region bordering Pakistan’s north.

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