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Opinion: Taliban leader’s secret visit to China does not indicate the nation will take a more robust security role in Afghanistan

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hinese relations with Islamic extremist groups date back to the 1980s, when they were part of the resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and today China seeks a broader role in the region as part of its new Silk Road project and to limit the influence of "spillover" security threats within its Uighur Muslim population.
10 months ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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