Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

China Prepares to Take Leading Role in Afghanistan

Chinese state media on Wednesday anticipated greater influence for Beijing in Afghanistan after U.S. and NATO withdrawal, suggesting China’s firm hand could restore order to bloody chaos after the “failure” of America’s twenty-year intervention.

TOPSHOT - Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand to attention during a ceremony at the military base in Herat on July 3, 2016. Around 1000 soldiers trained for 10 weeks during the ANA training progam, after which they are sent on assignments throughout the restive country. / AFP / AREF …

China to Form Group to Speed Up Taliban Peace Talks

China will establish a contact group through the Beijing-led Eurasian coalition known as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to help “speed up” U.S.-backed efforts to end the more than 17-year-old war in Afghanistan with a political reconciliation between Kabul and the Taliban, the Chinese foreign minister said this week.

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