Is China Investing in Afghanistan’s Border?

Tajikistani lawmakers announced on Wednesday the Chinese military would invest $10 million in a new military compound on the country’s Afghanistan border.

China is Trying to Convince America Otherwise

Tajik officials maintained the base will belong to Tajikistan and host Tajik troops, despite the fact China will build and pay for the project. The disclosure comes after years of rumors that China maintains a covert facility in the country.

This was supposedly verified this week in a story by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) based on leaked official correspondence. Tajikistan has been hit hard by the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in the last year.

Thousands of Afghan troops left the nation this summer when the government crumbled. This year, soon before the terrorists forced former Afghan Leader Ashraf Ghani to evacuate the nation, Tajikistan hosted its biggest military exercises.

While Tajikistan voiced alarm about the Taliban’s rise, China’s communist government has pledged support for the terrorist group. On Monday, Foreign Minister Yi met with top Taliban leaders.

They both agreed to a slew of trade agreements that will allow the terrorists to sell marble, pistachios, as well as other native commodities in China. No country, notably Tajikistan and China, has recognized the insurgents as Afghanistan’s actual government.

According to the Tajik media outlet Asia Plus, the lower house of Tajikistan’s legislature announced on Wednesday the Beijing Ministry of Public Security would “build and supply the station for Tajikistan’s specialized rapid deployment security force” near the Tajik-Afghan frontier.

First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Abdurahmon Alamshozoda, who confirmed the idea, stated Tajikistan would have not command of the location until China finished “outfitting” the military installation. He highlighted once this is done, it would be a Tajik outpost, not a Chinese expedition.

This is a Serious Build-up

China is expected to spend $10 million on the facility, according to officials with Asia Plus. Tolibkhon Azimzoda, a senior lawmaker, claimed the two nations agreed to move through with the project “despite the Taliban’s control of Afghanistan and mounting security risks along the national border” on Wednesday.

Djibouti, a country in eastern Africa, is China’s first publicly recognized permanent military base abroad. Reports indicate the People’s Liberation Military (PLA) maintained a foothold in Tajikistan for ages.

According to RFE/RL, the Tajik government “has proposed to cede complete management of a pre-existing Chinese military post in the nation to Beijing and forgo any future rent in return for military assistance from China.”

According to RFE/RL, analysts believe China has been operating on the facility for at least five years, despite the fact both countries rejected mountains of evidence, including satellite photos of the site.

The installation has been functioning for three years, according to the Washington Post, which cited verification from the unidentified Chinese military.