The Taliban are expecting big investments from China in the next six months. According to a media report, Beijing was in talks with the terrorist organization on several "potential projects" since 2018. Now Taliban wants China to start its projects there immediately.
Nikkei Asia said verbal agreements have been reached regarding investment in China and the Taliban. If the terrorist government gets global recognition, China will start infrastructure construction projects there. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid had expressed his desire to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Last Wednesday itself, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi organized an online meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighboring countries, which included China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. In this meeting, China announced a humanitarian aid of $ 31 million to Afghanistan.
Beijing will get a chance to establish its dominance
However, Andrew Small, a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a US think tank, told Nikkei Asia, the Taliban's willingness to invest immediately would help China establish its dominance there. In fact, Beijing will engage the Taliban in talks on CPEC and BRI expansion, while giving them initial financial aid. But there won't be big investments without political and security stability.