Sunday, February 23, 2014

Chinese Security and Afghan Stability

China has some security concerns about it western region of Xinjiang. Muslim extremists have been very active in this area and in some instances are supported by extremist, terrorist, and insurgent groups operating in the remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Xinjiang has a large Muslim minority. China shares a small border area with Afghanistan along the western Chinese border. The area is very remote and mountainous. The Chinese would like to see a stable Afghanistan that does not harbor terrorist groups; but at the same time, it must be cognizant of its relationship with Pakistan (a country that supports some of the insurgent groups attacking Afghanistan). Read more on this complicated topic in "Top official says Chinese security depends on Afghan stability", Chicago Tribune News, February 22, 2014. Learn more about the China relationship with Afghanistan.

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