5 thoughts on “The Iran-Taliban Eastward Pivot to China – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Re: India
    Working with the Taliban means forgetting that Pakistan (the Indian rival) used Taliban fighters in their mountain war in the late 1990s and Pakistani Intelligence was pretty much the “hidden master” of the ’90s Taliban. It also means forgetting Hindu-Muslim religious strife which has been going on since The Partition. I don’t know if it’s possible, it’s a tall order.

    Re: China-Taliban relations

    The Taliban are cut off, they have nowhere else to go. China is now seen as the country on the rise, so why not work with them? The Taliban of 2021 might share a name and an ideology with the original Taliban, but that group utterly collapsed after 2002. If they are smart and not willing to go down the same road as last time, they might emerge as an Iranian-style country, run by a religious body that allows a multiparty parliament that is not as religiously focused. The US and Great Britain will sanction the hell out of the Taliban government, and working with China might be a shield from that.

  2. Afghanistan under Taliban rule will be invited to the SCO of Central Asia. The Taliban was never defeated but moved their HQ to Quetta in FATA district of Pakistan. Most terror attacks targeted Shia in Balochistan and the Shia in Hazaristan of Central Afghanistan. Not only China, also Qatar, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Turkey could open diplomacy with the Taliban. The ethnic Turkic tribes are linked with Sunni Muslims in Xinjang province. China fears ETIM terror groups.

  3. Let us not forget how this all started …

    “In May 1996 the group World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders (WIFJAJC), sponsored by Osama bin Laden (and later re-formed as al-Qaeda), started forming a large base of operations in Afghanistan, where the Islamist extremist regime of the Taliban had seized power earlier in the year.” — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_terror#September_11_attacks

    Costs of the 20-year war on terror: $8 trillion and 900,000 deaths” — https://www.brown.edu/news/2021-09-01/costsofwar

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