The pace of the “Taliban” movement’s military progress after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan has not only fueled fears of its regional influence expansion, but it also highlights China’s strategy in the region.
China may have to use its regional influence, seeking to manage one of the most challenging conflicts of the past few decades, thus reasserting its position as the dominant regional power.
With the deadline approaching for Washington’s withdrawal of its last troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban are rapidly invading Afghan regions; this made the US military change its forecast of the possible collapse of the Afghan civilian government to just six months after the withdrawal.
Similar to the US, China may have its own reservations about whether the Taliban will be able to keep the security situation under control.
It is worth mentioning that the “Turkistan Islamic Party” has become the most important group for China. The group seeks to establish an Islamic state in the Chinese province of “Xinjiang“, which some may see as enough reason for China to play a more positive role in Afghanistan; to ensure regional stability.