Afghanistan: How Is China Reacting?

An expert told Forces News that China "didn't really want to see" the Taliban or the US "win".

China is "making the most out of" the current situation in Afghanistan, an expert has told Forces News.

Following the announcement the US would withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 31 August, the country has fallen into the hands of the Taliban.

US and UK troops are currently deployed to Kabul airport as both countries look to get people out of the country.

Andrew Small, Researcher of US-China relations at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, told Forces News that China is "currently" trying to capitalise on the situation.

"They're trying to sell a story at the moment right now that is, essentially, 'when you find yourself on the other side of the line of US redefinition of its vital interests, you too could find yourself abandoned and so it's better off that you come to terms with us'," he said.

Mr Small said this "story" was being "particularly directed in China's immediate neighbourhood in Asia".

However, he added China "didn't want to see the Taliban win either" and "still see Taliban providing a permissive environment for the militant groups that [they are] most concerned about".