China is coordinating closely with Pakistan, on which it will rely to navigate dynamics within the Taliban, and with Russia, with which it would prefer to work in diplomatic lockstep. But Beijing is also in contact with the Western powers, which will—among other things—have a significant impact on the finances of the new government.
TIP may be less prominent in Afghanistan than in Syria but there are still members of the group there fighting in support of the Taliban, to whom they have pledged allegiance, and Uyghur fighters have been provided with safe haven in Taliban-controlled territories for many years.
China’s propaganda machine has been spewing out stories about the hasty U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as evidence that the United States is an unreliable ally and a declining power. The rapid U.S. military retreat from Afghanistan is depicted as the third sign of the decay of U.S. hegemony following the global financial crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.