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  • Abhimanyu Redhu asked: What is the significance of the growing Chinese engagement with Afghanistan for India, given the fact that China is also an ally of Pakistan?

    Vishal Chandra replies: It is precisely due to China’s known proximity to Pakistan that its engagement with Afghanistan is considered as significant. Beijing’s increased diplomatic and political engagement with Kabul should be seen as a welcome development, particularly in terms of strengthening the position of the democratically-elected and UN-recognised national government in Afghanistan. Both India and China enjoy a very stable, robust and a dynamic bilateral relationship with Afghanistan.

    China’s White Paper on Asia Pacific Security Cooperation: An Assessment

    Through this white paper, China has affirmed its regional ambitions and aims to shape the regional security agenda in the Asia Pacific on its stated terms.

    January 19, 2017

    India and China: Exploring Partnership in Afghanistan

    India and China: Exploring Partnership in Afghanistan

    In this final part of the Policy Paper series, P Stobdan deliberates that if India and China make a calibrated move for working together in Afghanistan, the outcome could be more harmonizing than conflicting. So when India reviews its post-2014 Afghan policy, the China factor should not be seen in a zero-sum perception for many in the West may press India playing a countervailing role to China.

    December 02, 2013

    Stabilising Afghanistan: Role of Key Regional Players

    Unless the Central Asian states, China, India, Iran, Pakistan and Russia jointly contribute towards ensuring stability, Afghanistan is likely to fall to the Taliban again or even break up.

    July 02, 2012

    Afghanistan: A Firewall is Better than Partition

    India has been fairly successful in firewalling the radical blowback emanating from Pakistan in the past and need not be overly worried about the impending US withdrawal.

    October 07, 2010

    A Possible Afghan Denouement

    Post an American exit, China is likely to increase its investments in Afghanistan, provide employment to hundreds of unskilled Afghan workers, and assume the role of regional stabiliser.

    November 03, 2009

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