Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

Russia Looks To Cash In On Afghanistan Opportunities

Via Russia Briefing, commentary on Russia’s interest in Afghanistan: Afghanistan is a US$1 trillion commodities and transit bank for Russian and Chinese supply chain needs Eight months after US troops finally exited Afghanistan, and 20 years after a US invasion in which Washington spent US$2.3 trillion on being there, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has […]

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China Wants Its Investments in Afghanistan to Be Safer Than in Pakistan

Via Foreign Policy, a look at how Beijing could profit handsomely from Afghan resources and exports, but new ventures risk exposing Chinese nationals to violence: Kabul is awash with Chinese businessmen. Walk out of Kabul International Airport, and you are greeted by a big billboard advertising Chinatown, a housing and business compound in the city that […]

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TAPI’ng Out?

Via The Diplomat, commentary that the  Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project seems to have far more going against it than pushing in its favor: India has restarted efforts to revive the much-delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project. The pipeline was discussed during a recent three-day state visit to Turkmenistan by Indian President Shri Ram Nath Kovind. TAPI remains […]

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Uzbekistan Looks South for New Trade Routes

Via The Diplomat, a report on Uzbekistan search for new trade routes to the south: Uzbekistan has received its first transit shipment via Pakistan and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. For Uzbekistan, this means prioritizing a southern-looking policy, as it seeks to assert its own identity in the region and establish viable alternative trading partners.  A private trader in […]

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China Eyes Investment in Afghanistan’s Mes Aynak Mines

Via The Diplomat, an article on China’s renewed interest in Afghanistan’s Mes Aynak mines: The ancient Buddha statues sit in serene meditation in the caves carved into the russet cliffs of rural Afghanistan. Hundreds of meters below lies what is believed to be the world’s largest deposit of copper. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are pinning their hopes […]

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Taliban Resume Talks With China Over Copper Mining In Mes Aynak

Via Asia News, a report on resumption of talks between IEA and China over copper mining in Mes Aynak: Talks are underway to resume copper mining in Mes Aynak, in Afghanistan’s Logar region of Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said. The new Taliban government has asked China Metallurgical Group […]

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