India, China working in tandem to prevent Taliban surge

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  1. nrj

    nrj Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Nov 16, 2009
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    NEW DELHI: With the US withdrawal from Afghanistan looming large, neighbouring countries are hedging against bad outcomes in that part of the world. The jitteriness is palpable, with Afghanistan's neighbours all tying up with each other in different combinations as they scramble to contain what many fear a Taliban surge supported by Pakistan and extremism/terrorism spilling over its borders.

    China is teaming up with Russia and Pakistan on a trilateral on Afghanistan, and the first meeting is scheduled in a few weeks. This comes weeks after India, Russia and China sat down in Moscow to craft another trilateral dialogue whereby all the three countries would exchange information and coordinate positions on Afghanistan's future. The new trialateral allows Pakistan and China reaffirm their traditional ties, including showing India that their commitment to each other remains unalloyed.

    The Moscow meeting was the beginning of a bilateral track between China and India, a surprising and significant development, given that India and China are generally believed to be on opposing sides of Afghanistan's "Pakistan divide". A bilateral talks between India and China on Afghanistan raised eyebrows within the Indian system since the request came from the Chinese side.

    But it showed for the first time, that China too was hedging its bets regarding its "lips-and-teeth" relationship with Pakistan. Pakistan's ties with the Taliban show no signs of abating, despite Islamabad's own travails with them. None of the peace talks with the Taliban are going anywhere because Pakistan's ISI retains a stranglehold on them. And, Pakistan seems to be in a minority that believes the Taliban should be part of the power structure in Kabul.

    China's worries are centred on their concerns in the Xinjiang province and the threat of jihadi spillover from Afghanistan.

    But also China, like India, wants to protect its considerable investments in Afghanistan. In May China's CNPC will be extracting oil from its wells in northern Afghanistan. This could be the beginning of a resource boom for Afghanistan.

    India has theoretically invested in Afghanistan's Hajigak mines, but security concerns persist. An India-China bilateral dialogue could be the precursor of a joint approach to securing their investments in Afghanistan.

    India, China working in tandem to prevent Taliban surge - The Times of India
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  3. satish007

    satish007 Senior Member Senior Member

    May 7, 2011
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    Positive signals of accommodation are emerging from Beijing close on the heels of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with the new Chinese President Xi Jinping last week.

    China has agreed to some key meetings, which hints at a strategic shift of sorts in its approach towards India.

    A meeting on Afghanistan is scheduled later this month between a Chinese delegation led by Luo Zhaohui, director general (Asia) in its foreign ministry, and an Indian team headed by Yash Sinha, additional secretary in charge of Afghanistan in the ministry of external affairs.

    For China, this is a big shift considering it has never recognised India's role in Afghanistan.

    For the first time, Beijing will discuss with India the post-2014 scenario in Kabul - when a majority of the US-led NATO troops will exit the war-ravaged country - and how the two neighbours can cooperate on Afghanistan.

    The Asian giants will also discuss the threat from the Taliban and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

    China is worried that instability in Afghanistan will fuel militant activities in its Xianjing province.

    "We are getting signals of accommodation and a subtle shift in the Chinese position. During the meeting with the PM, too, China indicated that it wants a good relationship with India," a senior official said.

    On April 15, the head of MEA's China division, Gautam Bambawale, will be in Beijing for the next round of talks on the working mechanism on boundary dispute with China's director general of boundary and ocean affairs Deng Zhonghua.

    The two officials will discuss transgressions on the Line of Actual Control by troops from both sides and also ways to ensure that such border incidents do not trigger a face-off between the two countries.

    China's new leadership wants India in Afghanistan talks | Mail Online
  4. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

    Aug 17, 2009
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    Well taliban are in fact best position.if they played their card well without pakistan lecturing then they can become powerfull/rich state ahead of pakistan

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