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China’s Afghan policy

As part of its more assertive Asian diplomacy, China is playing an increasingly active role in Afghanistan. In the past two years it has also raised the profile of its diplomatic and economic engagement. This marks a departure from its

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MCC spurns reports about Aynak project heading for failure

Officials of the Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) have rejected reports about the Mes Aynak project headed for failure and assured that the company would never abandon the project. The project was running at a tepid pace due to poor security

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Exit America, Enter China: The Promise of Chinese Development

As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, China is poised to act as a stabilizing force in the region, reaping the benefits of American military efforts. Though the Chinese are not significantly or directly contributing to Afghan security by

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Chinese investment important for Afghanistan’s economic growth

Deputy Chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), Khan Jan Alokozay, regarded Chinese investment as important for economic growth of Afghanistan. Alokozay made this statement in an exclusive interview with Bakhtar News Agency. According to Alokozay, China’s

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Chinese investment important for Afghanistan's economic growth

Deputy Chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), Khan Jan Alokozay, regarded Chinese investment as important for economic growth of Afghanistan. Alokozay made this statement in an exclusive interview with Bakhtar News Agency. According to Alokozay, China’s

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China pledges to provide USD 32mn to Afghanistan for 2013

Chinese government pledged to extend USD 32.5 million in foreign aid grants to Afghanistan for economic development. This comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday held talks with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai and reassured that China would continue

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Sino-Afghan trade volume sees a steady rise during 2002-2009

According to China Customs, economic cooperation between China and Afghanistan between 2002 and 2009 has expanded ten-fold. The trade volume between the two nations grew from USD 20 million to 214 million in the past decade. In order to spur

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Delay in signing of oil transit agreement with Uzbekistan halts drilling operation in Amu Darya basin

Afghan Ministry of Mines (Mom) officials have reported that drilling operation in the Amu Darya basin has been halted due to a delay in the signing of a transit agreement with Uzbekistan, who is in charge of facilitating the transportation

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China has its eyes on Afghanistan’s minerals

In the approaching twilight of the US war in Afghanistan, China is stepping up its involvement, attracted by the country’s trillion dollar worth of minerals. China, who has long been a bystander to the conflict in Afghanistan, could prove to

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Afghanistan’s Buddhist site preservation promised

The Afghan government has promised to preserve a historic Buddhist site at the Ainak copper project site. The grounds of Mes Aynak in Logar province are a sprawling 9,800-acre (4,000-hectare) trove of Buddhist monastery ruins, statues and tombs that sit

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