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China can do more for peace in Afghanistan

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China can do more for peace in Afghanistan
 After U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and south Asia, reprimanding Pakistan for harboring terrorist networks on its soil, China expressed strong support for its key ally, saying it was ‘on the front line of struggle against terrorism.’
Trump insisted that “the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies step up their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict.”
Senior U.S. officials also warned that security assistances for Pakistan could be reduced unless it target and eliminate militants’ safe havens on its soil.
But, China believed Pakistan to be the victim of terrorism and that both Beijing and Islamabad would continue to fight together for peace in Afghanistan.
It had also reportedly asked international community ‘to recognize Pakistan’s sacrifices and contributions in the fighting terrorism.’
“China is happy to see Pakistan and the US cooperate to battle terrorism on the basis of mutual respect and work together for security and stability in the region and world,” Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson has said.
Definitely Pakistan, which was ostensibly decades long [or may continue] close ally of the U.S. is still a hot bed for many of foreign and domestic terrorist networks, with the key Afghan Taliban strongholds, training and equipment centers existing on its soil, to use them in preventing possibly Indian influence in the war-weary nation. However, both the government and the people of Afghanistan would never allow their territory be used against their neighbors or other countries.
Strong political support to Pakistan by China, especially after the announcement of US’s Trump strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, is not something to be assessed against Afghanistan interests, as any independent countries have the right to deal with each other based on their mutual interests and the international norms. But, China should highly use its influence in the two countries for its own and regional countries’ stability.
On the other, as an economic power in Asia, China’s involvement in Afghanistan is undeniable; both in investment sector and supporting peace talks, as a member of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG).
The country’s leaders have always insisted that China can play key role in resolving Afghanistan’s political and economic challenges, thus, both the people and government of Afghanistan believe China shouldn’t stay as an observer, but has to play decisive roles in Afghanistan issues.
No matter how long U.S. and NATO are engaged in Afghanistan, but this is China that can prove its role in stability of the heavily war-stricken country, as this would be impossible to have two friends with subversive rivalry, on one hand and on the other, militants’ hideouts if not uprooted on the Pakistan’s soil, would spread and engulf Sought and Central Asian nations and pose serious threat to stability of China through its western Xinjiang province.
So, China can take steps beyond its economic engagement in Afghanistan, by convincing, even forcing Pakistan to bend to the nations’ will and work for stability of not only Afghanistan, but of its partners, of the region and of the world as a whole.
This is not so important that how U.S. is trying to pressure Pakistan and using sharp word against it for its failure to battle terrorists networks on its soil or contribute to its immediate neighbor to prevent the influence of insurgency and no matter if the U.S. was following its own policy in the war on terror, but, as a close economic partner of Afghanistan, China can do its best to follow its own friendly policy and have a secure investment environment in Afghanistan by convincing Pakistan to give up extremism support and prevent their influence into its neighbors.  

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