ISLAMABAD: The Chinese President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed Beijing’s military support to the Afghan security forces during a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Reported Khaama News, Afghanistan premier News Agency.
The Office of the Chief Executive in a statement said the Chinese President reaffirmed military aid as well as supporting Afghanistan in development and rehabilitation projects.
The statement further added that the Chinese leader also announced Beijing’ support towards the Afghan-led peace process.
The remarks by Jinping followed after CEO Abdullah urged China to use its influence in persuading the regional countries to fight terrorism and help maintain peace and stability in the region, specifically in Afghanistan .
The commitment by Jinping comes as the country’s Chief of Army earlier pledged over $70 million to help support and equip the Afghan security forces.
During his visit to Afghanistan earlier in March, Chief of China’s People’s Liberation Army Mr. Fang Fenghui, announced the fresh military aid, saying the latest aid will follow besides Beijing’s ongoing cooperation in development and economic sector.
Gen. Fenghui also added that China will call a regional summit to implement the proposal by President Ghani during Shanghai conference for fight against terrorism.
Reiterating China’s commitment to fight terrorism in the region, Gen. Fenghui said Afghanistan is located in a strategic location and acts as an important economic belt, which is continuously threatened by the terror groups; Khaama news further added.
Rising Afghanistan - China military ties are emerging at a time when US and its NATO allies are abondonning Afghanistan and Afghanistan security forces are struggling to maintain security intact but failing to do so at the hands of Afghan Taliban.
Afghan economy and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are both in need of cash which earlier was provided by US and its NATO allies and now China 's investment and as well as military and economic aid can give life line to Afghanistan Economy and the military.
China is fully capable of filing the vacuum created by the draw down of US and NATO Forces which US may want New Delhi to fill.
China is well aware of the presence of East Turkeministan Islamic Movement (ETIM) militants in Afghanistan and with rising Sino influence in Afghanistan it can curb the menace of terrorism which it is facing in its western Xinkiang province adjoining Afghanistan .
However rising China-Afghanistan military ties have another angle also which is of far most importance from regional security and stability point of view.
Enhanced military cooperation between China and Afghanistan will greatly enhance ANSF capability to fight terrorism in Afghanistan , Hence chances of peaceful Afghanistan rise and so will be the peace in region.
Enhanced military cooperation between the two sides will help stop rise of ISIS in the region.
From Pakistani perspective higher level of military and economic cooperation between China and Afghanistan would reduce the space to India in Afghanistan which is involved in destabilising Pakistan using Afghan soil.
It will also reduce the dependence of Afghan Security Forces on India .
Pakistan has long been complaining about the presence of Indian security establishment presence in Afghanistan to destabilise Pakistan . RAW - NDS nexus in Afghanistan is an open secret to the world now and from Pakistan point of view the enhanced presence and the military support of China to Afghanistan Military and security establishment would act as a counter balance to the Indian RAW in Afghanistan .
China’s enhanced cooperation with the Afghanistan Military and the security establishment would not only reduce the trust deficit between Pakistan and Afghanistan and China can further use its influence to keep Afghanistan NDS and Military to not allow RAW nefarious activities form Afghanistan soil to destabilise Pakistan .
Washington may also not appreciate the idea as well as New Delhi.
Few elements in Afghanistan Army and Afghanistan premier intelligence and security agency National Directorate of security NDS may not be in favour of close military ties with both Pakistan and China on behest of Indian RAW.