Tajikistan is emerging as a test case for China’s growing security role in Central Asia
Following its economic expansion in Central Asia, China unexpectedly took a step to expand its military dominance in the region. In September 2016, Beijing offered to build 11 new border checkpoints and a new military facility along the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border, which raised some concerns in Russia. Although these moves could position China as a security player in Central Asia, Russian experts seemingly are doubtful about the future of any China-Central Asia military alliance. Notably, Russia has an entrenched presence in the region and its largest foreign military base is located outside the Tajik capital.
China’s economic expansion in Tajikistan is a very young phenomenon. In the early 2000s, Chinese influence in Tajikistan was quite weak and limited, due to the lack of transport networks connecting both countries. Only after the opening of a new major highway between two countries did bilateral trade Oxumağa davam et China’s Economic and Military Expansion in Tajikistan→
Several days ago, a leader of the Taliban movement Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has been killed in a U.S led drone strike in Pakistan, a year after he was appointed to the post. Ironically, his career did not last so long, even though during his reign, the Taliban fighters successfully carried out military operations against the government troops in the Southern part of Afghanistan. Moreover, the physical elimination of Mullah Mansoor would eventually weaken the military readiness of the Taliban movement. Oxumağa davam et Is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada ready for new war?→
The US armed forces and the Ministry of Defence of South Korea launched scheduled joint exercises on 2 March. The exercises are codenamed “Key Resolve” and “Foal Eagle”. According to the Pentagon, apart from the Americans, the exercises, which will last until the end of April, will involve their satellites – the British, Danish, French and Canadians.
As you might expect, the joint exercises of the allies in South Korea were considered by the North Korean regime to be an act of aggression. Pyongyang demanded an immediate end to the exercises on the peninsula and ordered its army to begin testing new short-range missiles.
Son aylarda ABD askeri kuvvetlerinin Afganistanı terk etmesi haberleri gündemi sarmışsa da çoğu uzman olayın perde arkasına bakmayı ihmal ediyor. Afgansitan bölgesinde günü günden artan Çin faktörü bu ülkenin göz ardı edilen ekonomik gücünden haber veriyor.
Çin’in geçen yüzyılda kanlı iç savaştan sonra SSCB modelini uygulamaya koyması ve kısa zamanda büyük askeri güc toplayarak bölgenin üstün devletine dönüşmesi tarihçilere malumdur. Ilk önceleri bölgenin en güçlüsü olmayı hedefleyen Çin, Oxumağa davam et Afganistan problemi ve Çin faktörü→