As the fateful date of September 11 approaches, the US feels that it is now time to close up shop in Afghanistan.
The new parvenu China intends to take over the place left empty by the US, while avoiding making the same mistakes. Will China be able to realize its ambitions? Does it have any other choice? If Afghanistan sinks into chaos, it could become a serious obstacle on the way to a stable and secure "Silk Road", China’s global infrastructure development strategy. Beyond serving as a sanctuary for anti-Western terrorists, unruly Muslim fundamentalists in power in Kabul might be eager to support the Uighur cause in China.