A top Chinese official made it clear that Beijing will place blame squarely on the U.S. if the chaos breaking out in Afghanistan spreads throughout the region, according to a report.
“The United States, which created the Afghan issue in the first place, should act responsibly to ensure a smooth transition in Afghanistan,” Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, said during a forum in Beijing earlier this month, according to The New York Times. “It should not simply shift the burden onto others and withdraw from the country with the mess left behind unattended.”
The paper reported that Beijing is trying to orchestrate a peaceful transition in the country between the Taliban and Kabul.
The Trends Journal has reported extensively on the U.S. boondoggle in Kabul and its retreat. (See: “U.S. PANEL: KEEP FIGHTING LOSING AFGHAN WAR” and “AFGHANISTAN WAR: THE END IS NEAR”).
We pointed out that President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan on 7 October 2001, stating the purpose was to capture Osama bin Laden, leader of the organization Al-Qaeda, which, according to U.S. intelligence, was behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 11 September 2001.
Bin Laden denied any involvement, and, as we have reported in detail in the Trends Journal, Bush refused to negotiate, provide evidence… or even talk to the Taliban regarding bin Laden’s role in the attack. Long forgotten is the report that 15 of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi’s, one of America’s treasured allies.
As Gerald Celente had forecast—and, at the time, was chastised for and banned from the major media he frequently appeared on—the U.S. military would not win in Afghanistan:
“If Alexander the Great couldn’t pull it off… If the British at the height of the British Empire couldn’t beat them and the Russians couldn’t beat the Afghans, neither will the American military.”
As we reported in a 29 June article “BYE BYE U.S.: TALIBAN TO TAKE KABUL,” the Taliban has been taking control of large swaths of land without much of a fight. Security forces in the country have been known to surrender and hand over equipment and vehicles provided by the U.S. and paid for by American taxpayers.
The U.S. still has about 1,250 troops in the country who will be exiting by 11 September. The war has cost the American taxpayer more than $2 trillion since 2001.
The Times’ report said Taliban militants this month have made significant gains inside the country and gained control of Badakhshan, which the paper described as the province that “reaches the mountainous Chinese border through the Wakhan Corridor.”
Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security said in a statement that it was “guided by the principles of humanism and good neighborliness,” when it allowed 300 fleeing Afghan military personnel to cross into its territory while Taliban fighters advanced. Al Jazeera reported that the most gains for the Taliban have occurred in the northern reaches of the country, which had been the “stronghold of the U.S.-allied strongmen who helped defeat them [the Taliban] in 2001.”
Li Wei, an analyst at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said, “We don’t want to see a turbulent country around us that becomes such a soil for terrorist activities.”
The Times pointed out that prior to the 2001 attacks, the Taliban would allow some Uyghur fighters who had been resisting Chinese rule in the country for safe haven.
Gen. David Petraeus, who retired from the Army to become director of the CIA in 2011 and is now a partner at KKR, told CNN, “I fear we will look back and regret the decision to withdraw. Sadly, we may regret that sooner than I had originally thought when I said that right after the decision was announced.”
TREND FORECAST: As we have forecast in TOP TRENDS 2021: THE RISE OF CHINA, the 20th century was the American century—the 21st century will be the Chinese century. The business of China is business; the business of America is war.
While America spent countless trillions waging and losing endless wars and enriching its military-industrial complex, China has spent its trillions advancing the nation’s businesses and building its 21st-century infrastructure.
And while America and Europe have outsourced their manufacturing to China and developing nations to increase profit margins, China’s dual circulation/self-sustaining economic model is directed toward keeping jobs and trade and profits within the nation, thus relying less on global trade.