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Pakistan's dual role in Afghanistan is slammed by a retired US Army Colonel

Pakistan's dual role in Afghanistan is slammed by a retired US Army Colonel



The u.s and nato troop withdrawal from afghanistan is sure to leave a power vacuum in the country leaving space for the china-pakistan nexus to wield tremendous clout in the war-torn nation due to the isis and links with the taliban now lauren selen a retired u.s army colonel has written a paper which is exposing pakistan's role in defeating the u.s objectives in afghanistan he says and i quote pakistan's duplicity has continued for over 17 years while accepting billions of american dollars in military and economic aid pakistan has been slowly bleeding the u.s to death in afghanistan through its support of the taliban haqqani network and other terrorist groups unquote marceline goes on to explain the reasons behind pakistan's dual policy in afghanistan sallan says it is pakistan's role to force the u.s and nato out of afghanistan to pave the way for the regional dominance of its closest ally china unquote now the question arises how can the u.s counter china's growing influence in afghanistan and start beijing's near total domination of south asia once the u.s and nato troops leave the war-torn nation settling this what he believes are the options that are in front of the u.s administration firstly he says the u.s should make palajistan and the arabian sea region its area of focus he adds that the efforts by washington to strengthen military and diplomatic ties with india are steps in the right direction selan highlights how the u.s should adopt a traditional containment policy to counter china which includes diplomacy and augmented naval and air power projection he adds that the u.s must disrupt china's efforts to dominate the region by managing and when necessary exploiting inherent conflicts in the region now lawrence selin also urges the u.s administration to shift its focus towards balochistan province in pakistan which has been traditionally secular and tolerant he warns washington to keep an eye on the chinese naval projects in balochistan which could eventually encircle u.s bases in west asia now for more on this we are being joined by laurence ellen retired u.s army colonel live from montana in the us thanks for being with us on this broadcast thank you now in 2019 you authored a paper called china the post-afghanistan u.s adversary in south asia now in 2021 with the u.s and the nato withdrawal nearly complete what do you think the u.s can do to counter the chinese aggression especially in the face of an emboldened taliban well the uh the influence of the united states in afghanistan has always always been predicated on it and on its presence in afghanistan so as it withdraws from afghanistan its influence will lessen significantly and then leave a power vacuum which china hopes to fill because china has always wanted to dominate south asia economically and and militarily so i think the important thing to do now is that the united states has to work very closely with with india on in shaping a policy that will uh prevent china from uh dominating south south asia and uh you mentioned a number of things but i think in particular i'll reiterate them that we need to have a containment policy against china as we did against the soviet union during the cold war and we need to leverage the ethnic fault lines within pakistan because pakistan is actually the weak link in the china-pakistan nexus so we can do things like supporting the pashtun self-determination but in particular a significant blow against pakistan and china and their plans would be an independent balloon right and china's aggressive policies with respect to taiwan and hong kong have made the headlines recently the biggest question that arises now is is china planning to enter afghanistan and fill that vacuum that you mentioned left by the united states and the nato troops oh absolutely there's been negotiations going on between china and the taliban for a number of years now so i expect that the taliban will control afghanistan within six months i also expect china to bring afghanistan into the china-pakistan economic corridor and for china to start exploiting afghanistan's mineral wealth i also expect china to build military bases on the arabian sea in particular at the mouth of the persian gulf in the uh in pakistan's baluchistan province so that's why it's so critical at this point with this power vacuum vacuum developing that the united states and india work closely together to essentially prevent china from succeeding in south asia right and what lies ahead for afghanistan with the taliban claiming to have occupied already 85 percent of the country did the us leave this war-torn nation without a proper exit plan in place well if there is a plan in place i i don't know what it is because the biden administration has not articulated a plan and as you mentioned in 2019 i wrote a paper describing what a plan should be as the united states withdraw withdraws but i i don't see any effort on the part of the biden administration to work more closely with india and to develop a strategy to prevent china from economic and military domination of south asia and this is a real problem because uh china already has a naval base uh in djibouti which is at the mouth of the red sea at the entrance of the suez canal another chinese base at the mouth of the persian gulf will give them essentially control of the northern arabian sea and all the vital sea lanes and it's a threat not only to india but also to the world in terms of a choke points that china will control we'll leave it there thank you very much for being with us on this broadcast colonel lawrence selling.

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