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China considering sending military personal to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

China is already making big plans for their relationship with the Taliban. There’s a new report out tonight from US News that China is, at some point in the future, considering sending military personnel to Bagram Air Base at the invitation of the Taliban:

CHINA IS CONSIDERING DEPLOYING MILITARY PERSONNEL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS TO BAGRAM AIRFIELD, PERHAPS THE SINGLE-MOST PROMINENT SYMBOL OF THE 20-YEAR U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN.

THE CHINESE MILITARY IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A FEASIBILITY STUDY ABOUT THE EFFECT OF SENDING WORKERS, SOLDIERS AND OTHER STAFF RELATED TO ITS FOREIGN ECONOMIC INVESTMENT PROGRAM KNOWN AS THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE IN THE COMING YEARS TO BAGRAM, ACCORDING TO A SOURCE BRIEFED ON THE STUDY BY CHINESE MILITARY OFFICIALS, WHO SPOKE TO U.S. NEWS ON THE CONDITION OF ANONYMITY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY ON TUESDAY ISSUED A CAREFULLY CRAFTED DENIAL OF PLANS FOR AN IMMINENT TAKEOVER OF THE MILITARY AIRFIELD ROUGHLY AN HOUR FROM KABUL, FIRST ESTABLISHED BY THE SOVIETS DURING THEIR OWN OCCUPATION IN AFGHANISTAN AND WHICH AT THE HEIGHT OF THE U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE THERE WAS ITS BUSIEST IN THE WORLD.

“WHAT I CAN TELL EVERYONE IS THAT THAT IS A PIECE OF PURELY FALSE INFORMATION,” WANG WENBIN TOLD REPORTERS TUESDAY MORNING. CHINA HAS REPEATEDLY DENIED MANY OF ITS OTHER MILITARY DEPLOYMENTS BEYOND ITS BORDERS.

HOWEVER, THE CURRENT CONSIDERATION IN BEIJING IS NOT FOR ANY PENDING MOVEMENTS, RATHER A POTENTIAL DEPLOYMENT AS LONG AS TWO YEARS FROM NOW, THE SOURCE SAYS. AND IT WOULD NOT ENCOMPASS TAKING OVER THE BASE BUT RATHER SENDING PERSONNEL AND SUPPLIES AT THE INVITATION OF THE GOVERNMENT IN KABUL – AND CERTAINLY AFTER THE TALIBAN SECURES ITS RULE.

IN ADDITION TO EXPANDING ITS REGIONAL INFLUENCE, BEIJING’S POTENTIAL PLAN FOR BAGRAM WOULD ALSO AMOUNT TO A DEVASTATING BLOW TO THE IMAGE OF THE U.S., WHICH INCREASINGLY CONSIDERS CHINA ITS MOST PRESSING AND CHALLENGING GLOBAL THREAT.

BEIJING HAS ALREADY RECOGNIZED THE GEOSTRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF BAGRAM OVERTLY. ITS STATE MEDIA ALMOST IMMEDIATELY HOPPED ON THE SUDDEN AND SURPRISE U.S. DEPARTURE FROM THE KEY LOGISTICS HUB IN JULY, SENDING A VIDEO CREW, WHICH GAINED EASY ACCESS TO IT, TO DOCUMENT THE AFTERMATH OF WHAT IT DESCRIBED AS A “HASTY WITHDRAWAL” AND “HUMILIATING DEFEAT.”

The hits just keep coming for Joe Biden. Well, the truth is, we know Joe is a big fan of President Xi. He constantly went on and on about traveling with Xi when he was VP and how they spent a lot of time together. So he might not be bothered by this news after all. Heck, China helped enrich his family so giving them a strategic partner in the Taliban, and maybe Bagram Air Base, is the least he can do to say thank you, right?

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