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Taliban push into the Silk Road

A spokesman for the Afghan Taliban has expressed expectations of joining the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor. This is reported by the Nikkei business daily. China is not averse to the idea, an anonymous source insinuated to the paper. China has already promised Afghanistan emergency aid of around 26 million euros(China.Table reported). The Pakistan-China Economic Corridor is a core project of the New Silk Road (Belt and Road Initiative, BRI). The prospects of a religious fundamentalist-led Afghanistan as part of China’s economic network are uncertain on the one hand, but on the other China is taking a highly pragmatic approach to dealing with its new neighbors(China.Table reported). fin

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