The Chinese are falling all over themselves in openly celebrating the U.S. failure in Afghanistan and trying to paint the picture that the same fate awaits Taiwan. While Washington’s track record is not enviable at all, comparing the situation in Afghanistan and Taiwan is truly a case of apples and oranges.

Meanwhile, the Taliban are talking about China financing an economic comeback for Afghanistan. They have also stated that they will be relying primarily on the Chinese to help in rebuilding the country. 

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid gave an interview to the Italian newspaper La Republica earlier this week saying that the rapid collapse of the Afghan government caused all of the aid coming from the West to be restricted. 

“China is our most important partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us because it is ready to invest in our country and support reconstruction efforts,” Mujahid said. 

China is using the withdrawal of the U.S. from Afghanistan to create a narrative of Washington being unreliable. (DoD)

Mujahid trumpeted the Taliban’s backing of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. “[In addition to] rich copper mines in the country, which, thanks to the Chinese, can be put back into operation and modernized… China is our pass to markets all over the world.” It “will revive the ancient Silk Road.”

He also added that the Taliban view Russia as a valuable partner in the region, not mentioning that the Taliban fought a 10-year war against Russia that enabled their power.


China Tries to Create a Narrative of US Unreliability

Comparing Afghanistan to Taiwan is a real stretch and probably more wishful thinking on Beijing’s side. Taiwan has had a stable, national government for decades. It is a very prosperous country, unlike Afghanistan. Further, Taiwan is strategically vital to the interests of the United States.