Ethnic Uighur fighters fly their flag in a file photograph. Picture: Fb
US troop drawdown could revive East Turkestan Islamic Motion and its dormant Uighur insurgency in Xinjiang
PESHAWAR – America’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s doable resumption of not less than partial energy in Kabul can have far-reaching implications for China and Pakistan, each of which goal to play key roles within the nation’s post-war future.
China has publicly endorsed America’s plan, which is able to see 2,500 of 4,500 troops withdrawn by mid-January and all troopers by mid-year, however has cautioned that an unorganized US departure might open the way in which for militants to re-establish Afghanistan as a regional hotbed of Islamic terror.
Final November, Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged the US to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in an “orderly and accountable” method.
That official remark spoke to Chinese language issues that Afghanistan, which shares a land border with China’s restive Xinjiang province, might particularly develop into a breeding floor for Uighur Muslim militants.
WNU Editor: China is a detailed ally to Pakistan, and it’s Pakistan’s madrassas and secure sanctuaries that gas the continued struggle in Afghanistan. You reap what you sow, and for China there’s a excellent probability that they might face their very own Islamic insurgency sooner or later from the secure havens in Afghanistan and elsewhere in Central Asia.