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.