People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) completes one decade this October 2023. But, of PRC right now, the spotlight is on the Taliban, the pernicious force destroying Afghanistan, as it is set to join BRI soon. Taliban will be attending the Belt and Road Forum in China on October 17th and 18th, making it one of the highest multilateral summits the Taliban has ever been invited to. This reveals the evil mindset of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is now shaking hands with one of the most destructive Terrorist Taliban and plans to join with it under its already contentious and often accused of Debt Trap enforcing program, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
BRI had been introduced as a tool used by the CCP to engross into malevolent activities like debt trap diplomacy, state-sponsored terrorism, infringement of territorial sovereignty and integrity of nations, and damaging ecology of strategic areas – hidden under the garb of what Beijing casually refers to as “building infrastructure and increasing global trade and connectivity.” The PRC is looking at the Taliban to make Afghanistan a part of CPEC, which is the sly protagonist of BRI used to toy with India’s sovereignty by passing the corridor through PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) territory of Gilgit Baltistan.
Any country is yet to recognize the so-called Taliban authority formally. Still, under an equally repressive rule of the CCP, the PRC became the first country to appoint an ambassador to Kabul and has ever since tried to engage with the Taliban actively. The major focus of the PRC is not only to create a wedge with India but also to exploit the natural resources of Afghanistan. The war-torn, impoverished country has untapped copper, gold, and lithium deposits worth trillions of dollars. It is absolutely clear that the CCP can use any situation and exploit it for its benefit. Hence, it is now going to pour its money made from the “Uyghur forced labour” manufacturing activities into mining projects in Afghanistan heavily.
Red Lantern Analytica strongly condemns such acts of the People’s Republic of China to join hands with the evil Taliban. We remind the world that the Taliban is a dangerous outfit that has been continuously creating havoc in Afghanistan for decades, and should be criticised and not be partnered with like the CCP-led PRC is doing. We would also like to appeal to the Free world to take notice of this unfortunate albeit deliberate act from the CCP and condemn it in every possible way.