After CPEC Tilted Priorities, China is Now Happy With a Second-Tier Role in Afghanistan
China didn’t find mention in President Donald Trump’s speech on Afghanistan, but Beijing will be happy to be out of the spotlight. From hoping that it could play a major role in solving Afghanistan’s challenges, Beijing is now more comfortable slipping back into a second-tier role rather than taking on the burden of leadership.
When Afghanistan’s National Unity Government was formed in 2014, things were different. After years of sitting on the sidelines of a conflict in which it wanted neither the Taliban nor the United States and its allies to win, Beijing was drawn into the role of a mediator.