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Chinese Mine Threatens Afghan Buddhist Site

In Afghanistan, a planned Chinese mine at the site of the world’s second largest deposit of copper is threatening an ancient Buddhist settlement including the remains of a 100-acre monastery. Archeologists are currently...

China’s Part in Afghanistan Mining Boom

A New York Times article on the rush for Afghanistan’s estimated trillion-dollar natural resources includes details of Chinese companies’ involvement. Already this summer, the China National Petroleum Corporation, in...

Imperiled Buddhas and Sino-Afghan Relations

By investing heavily in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, China has extended its political influence in the war-torn country, and secured some of the resources needed to fuel its own rapid development. In 2007, state-owned...

China Sees A Role Amid Pakistan-U.S. Rift

News of Osama Bin Laden’s death has also revealed the tensions between the U.S.-Pakistani government. China sees this as a strategic opportunity to step in and pursue closer relations with Pakistan. China’s ultimate...

China Willing to Spend Big on Afghan Commerce

The New York Times reports on China’s efforts to extract copper from Afghan mines, “by far the largest foreign investment project in war-torn Afghanistan”: Two years ago, the China Metallurgical Group...

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