China is reportedly considering deploying military personnel and economic development officials to Bagram airfield according to multiple Western media sources. 

Chinese military officials close to the situation spoke to a source that relayed to U.S. News & World Report that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is conducting a feasibility study on sending workers, staff, and troops in Afghanistan, as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and using the former Bagram airfield. 

Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, spoke to Fox News last week highlighting China’s interest in the country. She also urged the administration to step up its counter-terrorism efforts and reassure its allies that the U.S. will stand by them.

“The first thing you should do is immediately start connecting with our allies, whether it’s Taiwan, whether it’s Ukraine, whether it’s Israel, whether it’s India, Australia, Japan, all of them, and reassure them that we will have their back and that we need them as well,” Haley said.

“We need to make sure that we are going on an anti-terrorist effort across the world because we are now going to see — with this moral victory that the jihadists have, you are going to see a heavy recruitment campaign around the world. You are going to see more lone wolf situations,” she explained.

“We need to make sure we are protected. We need to make sure our cybersecurity is strong because actors like Russia are going to continue to hack us because we show no signs of willingness to fight back. We need to watch China because I think you are going to see China make a move for Bagram Air Force Base.”

However, the Chinese have flat out denied that they are in talks with Taliban officials regarding the usage of the Bagram airfield.

“What I can tell you this is purely fake news,” Wang Wenbin told reporters Tuesday morning.