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China and Afghanistan

China's Interests, Stances, and Perspectives

Huasheng Zhao - Foreword by Andrew C. Kuchins

Because China is principally interested in preventing the destabilization of Xinjiang Province, it has broadly deferred to the United States and its Western allies who are leading military efforts, political reconciliation, and economic reconstruction in Afghanistan. Author Zhao Huasheng writes that China's interests in Afghanistan are more limited than those of the United States, and Beijing has no interest in playing a subordinate role “under the dominance of the West” either. Basically China wants the security threat contained, but is not prepared to contribute to the military effort, including opening a transit corridor on its territory. China is prepared to participate in Afghanistan's economic reconstruction, especially when it advances Chinese foreign economic interests. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Center for Strategic & International Studies
Pages: 28Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-0-89206-707-7 • Paperback • March 2012 • $32.00 • (£22.95) - Currently out of stock. Copies will arrive soon.
Series: CSIS Reports
ZHAO Huasheng is professor and director of the Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies at Fudan University in China.