Afghanistan has become a launch pad for China’s accelerated propaganda offensive against the Uyghurs. Pakistan is also an important part of it.
Beijing’s crusade against its largely Muslim minorities, that has seen up to three million innocent people corralled into internment and forced labor over the past four years, co-opted a surprising ally: the Taliban.
The alliance was prepared during face-to-face pre-coup discussions in Beijing to discuss the way forward, assuming the inevitability of a Taliban overthrow.
Taliban pre-takeover promises that they would not breed terrorists who harm China, and would cooperate with repatriation demands of “troublesome” Uyghurs, have given the CCP another weapon in its arsenal in its so-called “War on Terror” that relies on the cooperation of its closest neighbors and the silence of Muslim nations.
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Time will tell if America’s abrupt abandonment of Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of US commitment – in what appears to be more a retreat than withdrawal – will be a defining moment in Joe Biden’s presidency.
But while analysts and commentators contend the move will severely weaken American prestige in the short term, there’s good reason to believe it will do little to dent Washington’s long-term goals and relations in regions more core to America’s strategic interests, not least in Southeast Asia, a key theater in its rising rivalry with China.
America’s Afghan withdrawal is unlikely to have dented its reputation too much in Southeast Asia, said Le Hong Hiep, of Singapore’s ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute research center in Singapore. “Southeast Asia may eventually benefit from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan,” he added.
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