China forms a “new axis of collaborators” with Pakistan and the Taliban, says former US commissioner


China’s communist regime has formed a new alliance with the United States to challenge Western democracy, said Johnny Moore, a former member of the US International Religious Freedom Commission (USCIRF).

“They are creating a new axis for collaborators against the Western democratic order,” Moore said in a recent interview with the Epoch Times “American Thought Leaders” program, an alliance between China, Pakistan and the Taliban. Said, referring to. He called the alliance a “geopolitical catastrophe.”

China has been openly supporting the Taliban in recent months. In June, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi vowed to “return the Taliban to mainstream politics” at a meeting with Pakistani and Afghan counterparts. A month later, the king welcomed the visit of the Taliban delegation, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Barada.

After the Taliban swiftly hijacked Kabul in mid-August, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) immediately welcomed the rise of the Taliban in a war-torn country, but the Chinese administration has not yet officially acknowledged terrorist groups. ..

The Taliban also sees the CCP as an important ally. In a recent interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Taliban spokesman Zabiura Mujahid praised Beijing as a “major partner” and a “gateway to markets around the world.”

Moore explained that there are three reasons why Beijing attaches great importance to its partnership with the Taliban. First, the Chinese administration wants to take advantage of Afghanistan’s rare earths and other minerals. Estimated Worth up to $ 3 trillion.

Rare earths are the 17 elements of the periodic table and are essential in many industries such as consumer electronics, defense and green technology.Currently about China 80 percent It is part of the world’s rare earth supply and previously blocked its exports as a retaliatory tactic against other countries.

In addition, Moore added that Beijing wants to control cross-border movements with Afghanistan.

China’s westernmost Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Afghanistan share a 46-mile long border. The Chinese administration fears that Uighur militants could use border crossings to launch attacks in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Most importantly, Beijing said, “I want to use the current situation to reduce the fame of the United States.”

Beijing used the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan as feed to feed its promotional campaign and portrayed the US as an unreliable partner. Most recently, on September 3, the state-owned China Daily published an article criticizing US democracy. When the United States “exported” its “model of democracy,” it claimed to have caused “disasters in the countries involved.”

CCP’s “Neocolonialism”

“Beijing-Taliban relations are the latest example of neocolonialism and exploitative foreign policy from the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, and are vulnerable enough to accept promises that are rarely fulfilled. The purpose is to take advantage of, “Moore said.

Many developing countries, including Kenya, Nepal, When MozambiqueIs in debt to China after signing up for China’s Belt and Road (BRI, also known as One Belt One Road) investment initiative. Beijing launched an initiative in 2013 to build a trade route between China and the rest of the world to build geopolitical influence.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are also members of the BRI, the latter signing a Chinese initiative in 2016. On September 2, the Taliban expressed its desire to remain part of the BRI.

That day, Abdul Salam Hanafi, a senior member of the Taliban negotiations team, told China’s Foreign Minister Wu Jangao that the BRI “contributes to the development and prosperity of the region.”

Moore explains: “What they are doing is exploiting vulnerable countries through leaders to move their agenda forward.

“And what’s happening slowly around the world, what the Taliban learn, what Pakistan learns, and some of these other countries that chose to go this way, were learned long ago by the Chinese people. That being said, it is not allowed to say: the first victims of the Communist Party’s worst vices are its own people, the Chinese people. “

Frank Fang

Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers news in China and Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.