TAWDE KHABARE: Wells Remark’s On China In Afghanistan
Ambassador Alice Wells, with the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said in a discussion at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC on Thursday that “China has not been a real player in Afghanistan development” and “is not a provider of any significant grant assistance.” She said that neighbors Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have done much more to aid Afghanistan with “regional connectivity initiatives” such as cross-border railways, electricity lines and trade exchange.
However, Wells acknowledged that China can play an important role in the peace process:“Right now I would say I see opportunities for the United States and China to be important partners in reinforcing the need for a negotiated political settlement, and you see Ambassador Khalilzad regularly consulting with his Chinese counterpart, among other regional actors.”
In this episode host Noorwali Saeed Shinwarai discusses the topic with following guests:
Daoud Kalakani, former parliament member
Muhibullah Sharif, interntional affairs analyst
Shafiq Hamdard, political analyst