CHINA - Afghan War Withdrawal Worries

Arno Froese

The Chinese government rarely passes up a chance to accuse the United States of military adventurism and hegemony. In the case of Afghanistan, though, it has changed its tone, warning that Washington now bears the responsibility for the hasty end to its two-decade war there.

“The United States, which created the Afghan issue in the first place, should act responsibly to ensure a smooth transition in Afghanistan,” China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said at a forum in Beijing. “It should not simply shift the burden onto others and withdraw from the country with the mess left behind unattended.”

With only a residual military contingent left to protect the American Embassy in Kabul, the Taliban have been steadily expanding their political control as Afghan government forces crumble or retreat. Taliban forces seized Badakhshan, the province that reaches the mountainous Chinese border through the Wakhan Corridor.

While that narrow territory poses little direct security threat, China fears that the breakdown of order in Afghanistan could spill out of the country to other neighbors, including Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.

-www.nytimes.com, 15 July 2021

Arno's Commentary

It was on Christmas Eve in 1979 when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. After experiencing significant losses, the USSR departed on 15 February 1989. Then, after 11 September 2001, the US invaded Afghanistan with the declared aim to oust the Taliban regime. Between the Soviet and American invasions of Afghanistan, more than 2 million people have lost their lives, and an unconfirmed 8 million Afghans fled the country. The result was, in both cases, the same: defeat, with the Taliban as the clear winner.

Now China, which rarely gets involved in military conflicts, is greatly concerned. However, their statement, “The United States…created the Afghan issue in the first place,” is incorrect, since the Soviets were there before. But, military conflict was also a reality before the Soviet invasion.

What is the significance? This shows that weapons of war can no longer solve political conflicts. Communist China is carefully analyzing recent history and taking calculated steps. One of them is the “Belt and Road Initiative,” building connections over land and sea to other Asian countries, Africa, and Europe. Instead of force, they use their economic power to dominate nations by investing excessive amounts of money to build roads, railways, airports, seaports, and manufacturing facilities. A real challenge has developed for the Western world. It almost seems like the communists have turned capitalist. That is not surprising because, in the end, there will be one global system. Military force will play a minor role, as the 7 billion plus population of planet earth wants more, not war, but merchandise. At this point in time, China is playing the winning hand. In summary, we see capitalism, socialism, and communism have blended, causing countries to erase their borders and truly become global. 

We again point to the end, namely the total collapse of the global economy. Revelation 18:10 speaks of the world’s leaders, who lament and bewail the collapse of the final system: “Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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