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Topic: Behind China's Growing Security Presence
Posted By: MateenK
Subject: Behind China's Growing Security Presence
Date Posted: 21-Mar-2017 at 4:56pm

What’s Behind China’s Growing Security Presence in Afghanistan?

What’s Behind China’s Growing Security Presence in Afghanistan?

 

 

Recent reports of Chinese security forces operating in Afghanistan have prompted speculation about whether China has crossed another important threshold in its policy and posture on overseas military activity. Claims of sightings of Chinese military vehicles in the Wakhan Corridor, the narrow strip of territory in northeastern Afghanistan that extends to the Chinese border, have been circulating http://www.wionews.com/south-asia/exclusive-chinese-security-forces-caught-patrolling-deep-inside-eastern-afghanistan-8008/" rel="nofollow - - to join the war in Syria . They connected with a larger flow of Uighur recruits who followed routes from China to Southeast Asia—the principal people-smuggling channel following the tightening of Chinese borders in Central Asia and with Pakistan. Along the way, they acquired real or forged Turkish travel documents and headed either to Turkey itself or continued to Syria.

A small number of these recruits https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-terror-claims-bolstered-by-new-evidence-1469435872" rel="nofollow - - went to fight with al-Qaida’s affiliate , at the time known as the Nusra Front. Pakistan’s operation in North Waziristan also displaced the remaining TIP fighters into Afghanistan, where its leadership is now based, with some Chinese counterterrorism experts placing it in the far northeast in Badakhshan, the province where the Sino-Afghan joint operations took place.

 
The Uighur fighters operating in Syria have shown themselves to be significantly more capable than anything exhibited during the TIP’s time in Pakistan, gaining from superior training and battlefield experience. Some of them have since returned to Afghanistan. As long as the militant group was essentially Pakistan-based, it was contained by Pakistani security forces, which are China’s closest military partners. In Syria and Afghanistan, by contrast, Beijing has to work on a new set of relationships to address the threat, or to take on more direct responsibility itself. Add to this the complicating element of the Southeast Asian transit routes—which, partly as a by-product, have resulted in some of the https://qz.com/482841/thai-police-are-reportedly-investigating-whether-chinas-homegrown-terrorism-problem-led-to-the-bangkok-bombing" rel="nofollow - - ongoing reconciliation process with the Taliban . But the involvement of Chinese intelligence services and the PLA has been growing. This process has been underway since the http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/10/03/chinas-afghan-moment/" rel="nofollow - - first major package of Chinese military aid to Afghanistan last summer and the controversial extradition of Uighurs from Afghanistan to China. Beijing has also been encouraging Kabul, which has more pressing challenges to contend with, to conduct more operations in Badakhshan, in order to target TIP fighters.
 
Third, Chinese counterterrorism activities abroad have been a growing source of internal deliberation in Beijing. A new anti-terrorism law, http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/chinas-new-anti-terrorism-law/" rel="nofollow -

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