China cares for peace, not power vacuum in Kabul

26th May, 2021

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As the US' withdrawal from Afghanistan continues, those in Washington opposing the military pullout are raising their voices. They have warned against the serious consequences for the region the US's "retrograde" could bring, including China, Russia and Iran filling a power vacuum in the war-torn country. According to Japan's media outlet Nikkei Asia, David Helvey, acting assistant secretary of defense for the US's Indo-Pacific security affairs, said at a US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday that, "China does have an interest in Afghanistan." Helvey added, "That China's influence could be used to undermine stability, instead of reinforce stability or support stability, obviously, that's something that we've got concern about."

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