Final Blog Post: History Behind, and Motivations for Current Chinese Diplomacy with Afghanistan

After lots of research and writing, my paper on Chinese motivations behind recent diplomatic efforts with Afghanistan is finally finished! I am not yet done with the editing process, but I hope to be finished with that by the end of this week.

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Blog Post #2: Writing Away

Over the past week, I have been writing my paper about Chinese involvement in Afghanistan. It’s been coming along okay, however it’s turning out to be much longer than I originally anticipated. I’m a little over half way through, and I’ve already written 15 pages. I’m now anticipating the finished product to be around 25 pages long.

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Blog 1: Project Refocus

Earlier this week, I began  research for my project on China’s economic and security interests in Afghanistan. I had originally planned on completing this project earlier on in the summer. However, one thing led to another, and here I am in the beginning of August, just now beginning my research. While I normally wouldn’t advocate leaving projects until the end of summer, the delay actually worked in my favor.

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Abstract: Chinese Involvement in Afghanistan and the International Implications

After a decades long war in Afghanistan, the United States has committed to a program of removing military troops from the region.  The removal of American troops has created a power vacuum, as evidenced by growing instability within the Afghan government and society; the 2014 presidential elections were marred by allegations of fraud and the Taliban has experienced a recent resurgence. A stabilizing, external force, once represented through American involvement, is currently missing from Afghanistan.  It is a role that China has shown interest in filling.  China has invested billions in Afghan mineral extraction and has recently attempted to facilitate discussion between the Afghan government and Taliban officials.

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