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Military planes have reportedly been spotted landing at Bagram air base in Afghanistan

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There have been multiple reports of military planes arriving at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan just hours after images surfaced showing that the base had been restored to power for the first time since US forces evacuated the stronghold in July.

Images circulating on social media appear to shine the spotlight on the airbase in the distance, amid reports that several military planes have taken off and landed at the base in recent hours.

Several sources suggest the planes are Chinese, as the Taliban are believed not to have the expertise needed to power the base or maintain and operate several military aircraft.

It comes after Yun Sun, director of the China program at the think tank Stimson Center, said China would likely be very interested in occupying the airbase after the US withdrawal.

US forces in Afghanistan left their main base at Bagram airport overnight in July — turning off the lights and slipping into the night without telling government forces who should take over.

Images circulating on social media appear to show the airbase’s spotlights glowing in the distance for the first time since US troops left the base in July

It comes after Yun Sun, director of the China program at the think tank Stimson Center, said China would likely be very interested in occupying the airbase after the US withdrawal.

Multiple sources have confirmed that several military aircraft have arrived at the airbase after it was launched for the first time since the US withdrawal.

Multiple sources have confirmed that several military aircraft have arrived at the airbase after it was launched for the first time since the US withdrawal.

There are unconfirmed reports that the planes arriving in Bagram are Chinese military aircraft, although this has not been verified by credible sources.

There are unconfirmed reports that the planes arriving in Bagram are Chinese military aircraft, although this has not been verified by credible sources.

The military airport, about an hour’s drive from Kabul, was first established by the Soviets during their own occupation of Afghanistan, after which it was taken by US forces and used as one of their main bases for 20 years.

According to US news and world reportChina has considered sending military personnel and economic development officials to Bagram Air Base and has conducted a “feasibility study” of the impact of such a plan as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.

A move to occupy Bagram airbase would strengthen relations with the Taliban and further embarrass America.

The report was denied by a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry.

“What I can tell everyone is that that is pure false information,” Wang Wenbin told reporters last month.

But Sun Yun was suspicious of the Chinese denial, claiming that Chinese troops would be very interested in occupying the base.

“Given their past experience, the Chinese should be eager to get their hands on whatever the US has left on the base,” Sun said.

Taliban fighters had occupied the airport after the US withdrawal, but they don’t believe they have the equipment or expertise needed to power the entire base again, let alone conduct flight operations in and out of the airport. .

For their part, the Taliban have rejected the idea that Bagram Air Base is occupied by Chinese troops, but have made no mention of who lit the lights at the base or the origin of the planes landing at the airport.

The communist country, led by President Xi Jinping, has reportedly conducted a feasibility study on the effect of such a plan as part of its 'Belt and Road Initiative'

The communist country, led by President Xi Jinping, has reportedly conducted a feasibility study on the effect of such a plan as part of its ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

According to the Afghanistan Times, the Taliban have rejected the idea that the Chinese army has occupied the base

According to the Afghanistan Times, the Taliban have rejected the idea that the Chinese army has occupied the base

Other theories indicate that the Taliban or the NRF could have relieved the base, but the Taliban would not have the equipment or expertise to do so

Other theories indicate that the Taliban or the NRF could have relieved the base, but the Taliban would not have the equipment or expertise to do so

Taliban fighters had occupied the airport after the US withdrawal, but are believed not to have the equipment or expertise needed to power the entire base again, let alone carry out flight operations in and out of the airport. to feed

Taliban fighters had occupied the airport after the US withdrawal, but are believed not to have the equipment or expertise needed to power the entire base again, let alone carry out flight operations in and out of the airport. to feed

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, seemed to predict something similar in the wake of the United States’ departure.

“We need to keep an eye on China because I think you’ll see China make a move towards Bagram Air Force Base,” Haley said in an interview with Fox News as she advocated reconnecting with allies who felt abandoned. by a sudden attack. recording.

“I think they are also taking a step in Afghanistan and trying to use Pakistan to get stronger against India.

“So we have a lot of problems. The most important thing he needs to do is strengthen our allies, strengthen those relationships, modernize our military and make sure we are prepared for the cybercrime and terrorist crimes that are coming our way.”

While Western countries evacuated their embassies, the Chinese mission continued to run. Their guards simply turn from Afghan government security forces to Taliban gunmen.

While Western countries evacuated their embassies, the Chinese mission continued to operate

While Western countries evacuated their embassies, the Chinese mission continued to operate

What is China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a global strategy to engage with infrastructure of nearly 70 countries and international organizations.

The program began in 2013 as a key factor in Xi Jinping’s foreign policy and includes investments in ports, skyscrapers, railways, roads, airports, dams and railway tunnels.

The aim of the initiative is to ensure China’s continued economic prosperity by securing international trade routes and access to materials and production lines around the world.

One of the key aspects of the initiative is the Silk Road Economic Belt, a proposed road and rail transport route across landlocked Central Asia along the famous historic trade routes of the Western Regions.

The Middle East is considered one of the key regions in the Belt and Road Initiative as it lies at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia – along with a variety of seas.

The region is also at the crossroads of oil-rich areas considered to be of immense importance to China.

Countries such as Afghanistan are therefore likely to be a key element in the development of the Belt and Road initiative in the Middle East.

The United States, along with Australia and Japan, have established The Blue Dot Initiative in an effort to counter China’s plans in 2019.

The Taliban have already started discussing plans for cooperation with Beijing.

A Taliban spokesman told an Italian newspaper that Afghanistan’s new rulers will rely mainly on funding from China to avert an impending humanitarian crisis and begin reconstruction.

“China is our most important partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us as it is ready to invest and rebuild our country,” Zabihullah Mujahid told La Repubblica in an interview.

Since 2002, the base has been one of the main symbols of the US war in Afghanistan

Since 2002, the base has been one of the main symbols of the US war in Afghanistan

He also praised the New Silk Road — part of the Belt and Road Initiative that China is using to open trade routes — and said investments in Beijing could help reopen copper mines.

A report suggests that China’s deployment may not come for another two years and that it does not involve taking over the base, only sending personnel at the invitation of the Taliban.

China is likely to achieve its final ambitions for Bagram with help from Pakistan, Sun says, adding: “I’m sure they want to cut out the middleman,” she added. “If the Taliban ask for Chinese help, I think China will be inclined to send human support. Most likely they will frame it as technical support or logistical support.”

A Taliban spokesman told an Italian newspaper that Afghanistan's new rulers will rely primarily on funding from China to avert an impending humanitarian crisis.

A Taliban spokesman told an Italian newspaper that Afghanistan’s new rulers will rely primarily on funding from China to avert an impending humanitarian crisis.

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