Now things are getting interesting! Some good disinformation (from one source or another). I'd be surprised if the Chinese were to put military boots into Afghanistan, but they do need a secure facility to work from as they dismantle the country's mineral wealth.
'China is currently conducting a feasibility study into sending workers, soldiers and other staff related to its foreign economic investment program, the Belt and Road Initiative, to Bagram airfield, USN reported Wednesday.
'Citing a source briefed on the study by Chinese military officials, who spoke to US News on condition of anonymity, the consideration in Beijing is not for any pending movements, rather a potential deployment as long as two years from now.
'However, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday issued a denial of plans for a takeover of the military airfield, which is about an hour from Kabul.
'Bagram air base was first established by the Soviets during their occupation in Afghanistan and was then used by the US.
“What I can tell everyone is that that is a piece of purely false information,” Wang Wenbin told reporters Tuesday morning.'
(Last Updated On: September 8, 2021)China is currently conducting a feasibility study into sending workers, soldiers and other staff related to its foreign economic investment program, the Belt and Road Initiative, to Bagram airfield, USN reported Wednesday. Citing a source briefed on the study...ariananews.af
Y' know - I'm embarrassed to say, without Googling, that I don't know what faction the local landlord (Baba Jan?) is - Pashtun, Tajik/Northern Alliance?
Back in 2002 the narrow road leading to Kabul was extensively mined on both sides and the abandoned T55 on Disney Drive had it's barrel pointing straight down that road. His lads and armoury were happily in his compound and, as far as I know, he was getting a large wad for keeping it so and leasing it to the US and friends.
I imagine China will have some contingency plan for its occupation.
Whether they're actively putting it into effect, or even why they should need to may be an interesting indicator of how things develop.
Where are all the mineral exploitation areas in relation to Bagram - nearby? I thought China would need roads rather than an airfield to move them (unless it's cheaper to process them in country - any Lithium/Copper extraction SME's on Arrse?)