China Again Dismisses Reports of Military Patrols in Afghanistan

BEIJING — China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, saying the two countries were only carrying out counter-terrorism operations along their common border.

This month, the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst think tank said in a report on its website that Chinese troops were on Afghan soil conducting joint patrols with their Afghan counterparts. That followed a similar report in an Indian media outlet in November.

Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said Chinese public security departments had counter-terrorism cooperation along the China-Afghanistan border.

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  • The Butterfly

    Wait till the muzzies face an enemy without scruples.

    • andycanuck

      And with a population base of about one billion unlike the former USSR.

  • ontario john

    Perhaps the Chinese were just checking out locations for a Hollywood movie.

  • Dave Sanderson

    This is yuuuuuge! China now fighting muslims in Afstan and this week they cut off all coal imports from the Norks. Sounds to me like exactly what The Donald would demand they do to get out of his cross-hairs on trade issues. Unlike Oblahblah, Trump doesn’t publicly signal these things in advance, he just takes necessary action. China has become Trump’s club to beat Asian enemies over the head. Well done, Donald, making America great again! If the Norks so much as sneeze in our direction China will have that bad haircut displayed on a pike pole the next day on top of the Great Wall. I’m so exhausted from all this bigly winning by Donald I need a nap.

    • I agree.

      Nothing could be better than getting the Chinese fighting the Islamic cult.

      Except of course, the entire non-Muslim world against the Islamic cult.

      • Watchman

        The Chinese have been fighting the Islamic cult since the foundation of modern China and the incorporation of Xinjiang province, the Uighur ethnic traditional home. You haven’t heard much about it, since the Chinese consider it an internal issue, but there has been a ‘shoot, shovel, and shut-up’ policy approach for a long time. Maybe a trial in there too, but the end result is usually the same.

        The Chinese have announced recent extra security measure to combat the threat of Uighur Islamists throughout china, mainly at train stations. Outside they country, China keeps a low profile, and deals with kidnappings of Chinese nationals in a quiet way.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Maybe, the one China policy is their version of manifest destiny.

          • Minicapt

            More akin to “China Uber Alles”.

            Cheers

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Wakhan Corridor is a tiny little place with a 57 miles long common border. Very rugged place, no roads. Pretty much pirate heaven. The points of border crossing are over 16,000′