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The obviously rushed withdrawal from Afghanistan is currently the biggest failure of US policy in Central Asia. Germany, as an ally, is now also deeply involved in the disaster. The big neighbor China, on the other hand, brags that it had predicted the course of events and realistically assessed the Taliban’s strength. America’s decline begins in Afghanistan – that is the way Beijing sees it.
In fact, China has much better ties to the region than the USA has. And Beijing applies purely pragmatic standards in foreign policy. China now practices the policy of non-interference that it always demands of other nations. If the Taliban are the de facto rulers, then Chinese foreign policy recognizes them as the country’s rulers. Michael Radunski analyzes what ominous message China derives from these events for Taiwan.
At the same time, the pragmatism of Chinese policy means staying its hard course in the trade war with the US. Specifically, this creates an effective blockade for the potentially largest takeover in the semiconductor industry. The American chip manufacturer Nvidia planned the acquisition of British chip design service provider ARM. China, however, strongly objects: The concentration in the Western semiconductor industry threatens supplies to Chinese tech giants like Huawei. And Beijing certainly has a say in the matter; after all, antitrust authorities on all continents have to give their approval.
Mocking over US failure in Afghanistan
Hu Xijin could hardly hide his joy on Monday. “Chinese Internet users joke that the transition of power in Afghanistan was more smooth than the presidential transition in the US,” tweets the editor-in-chief of Chinese newspaper Global Times.
With great pleasure, his newspaper refers to cynical comments posted on online platforms such as Sina Weibo: “The 20-year war is ending like a joke. American soldiers have died for nothing, the Taliban are back, and the only difference is that more people have died and American taxpayers have wasted their money.” Other comments read: “Those people who still believe in the US will never learn their lesson. They have been left behind like garbage by Americans.“
Meanwhile, the Global Times’ official opinion piece derided the US as a “paper tiger”. “A country as powerful as the US cannot even defeat the Afghan Taliban in 20 years, which have received virtually no outside help.” And so the editors conclude that the US defeat being “a clearer demonstration of US impotence than the Vietnam War” showing the US was “a paper tiger.”