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China Pledges $327 Million in Aid to Afghanistan

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Wall Street Journal, 29 October 2014

In an article about the visit of President Ghani to China, AAN author (without being identified as such) Reza Kazemi is quoted:

Said Reza Kazemi, a Ph.D. student who has studied the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, said China was presenting itself as a stronger regional player.

“China, if not presenting itself as in a leadership position, is playing an active role in forging closer ties with Afghanistan, at least in the mining sector,” he said. “It is also interested in an Afghanistan that at least has a running state. On the other hand, the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has stated time and again that the regional economy is shifting toward China, and that Afghanistan should be able to benefit from this by deepening its relationship with China.”