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Afghanistan, China, Pakistan: Can China End America's Longest-Running War?

MIN READDec 26, 2017 | 21:32 GMT

(Stratfor)

As the war in Afghanistan grinds on, China is looking to play a role in the peace process. On Dec. 26 in Beijing, China hosted the first round of talks between the foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The dialogue, chaired by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, comes amid newly evolving security dynamics caused by Washington's recently revamped strategy for Afghanistan, as well as long standing political impasses in the country's political processes. In a joint statement after the meeting, the three governments called for a broad, inclusive strategy for peace and reconciliation that would involve the Taliban early on and announced a second trilateral meeting to take place in Kabul in 2018. The Chinese foreign minister also said that Pakistan and Afghanistan had agreed to improve relations as soon as possible....

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