The U.S. troops have departed and the trillion dollars that American taxpayers have spent to both win the war and rehabilitate Afghanistan is now in the hands of the Taliban and the Chinese Government.
With only a rocky border separating Afghanistan and China, the natural influence of China will be immediate and well funded.
But there is something else that will be happening with Afghanistan: neo-colonization with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Debt diplomacy will be used to leverage the resources of Afghanistan. And while you may think that it is the mineral rich terrain of Afghanistan that China is after – and it is – the other primary concern of China is data.
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