Karzai turns to Beijing

7-19-13    In September 2012 Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang visited Kabul, the first visit by a leading Chinese government figure in 46 years, followed by the announcement that China would train 300 Afghan police officers. …
China began to move into Central Asia in the 1990s, after the fall of the Soviet Union, as did the U.S. It obtained oil and gas fields in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. In 2006, Chinese oil giant CNPC became the only company to win rights to a natural gas field in Turkmenistan, in great part because it promised to build a pipeline into China. It was completed in three years and runs from Turkmenistan to Beijing, Shanghai and other coastal cities. Until recently, Russia had a lock on Central Asia, but now China has entered.  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/as-america-fights-china-gets-contracts/
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9-23-12   During a meeting with Zhou in his Kabul palace, Karzai said: “China is a good and honest friend of Afghanistan,” his office said in a statement….Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which is led by China and Russia and was set up to counterbalance US and Nato influence, granted Afghanistan observer status at the June 2012 Beijing meeting of SCO which Karzai attentded.
 http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1044343/top-security-official-zhou-yongkang-makes-landmark-afghan-visit
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9-28-13   President Xi Jinping has welcomed visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Karzai is on a four-day state visit to China. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation including the Afghan National Security Advisor and the Minister of Mines and Petroleum.
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Chinese court Afghanistan’s Karzai
By Jeff Stein  4-30-2010
According to the usually reliable Paris-based Intelligence Online newsletter, a top Chinese general recently made an offer to Afghan President Hamid to train his army and security services “after NATO’s withdrawal.”
General Ma Xiaotian, deputy head of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army, “recently met Karzai to convince him that China would help him to form his new army and security services after NATO’s withdrawal,” the newsletter’s current edition says.  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/04/backchannel_chatter_chinese_ge.html
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3-22-10 
Karzai, who will meet Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao, is trying to muster international support for peace talks with the Taliban and other insurgents. He wants China to weigh in with its ally, Pakistan, a vital regional player.
“The main goal is to ask China, as a close friend to Pakistan, to take part in a solution to the problems in Afghanistan,” said a source with knowledge of Karzai’s agenda.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/03/22/us-china-afghanistan-preview-idUSTRE62L2EJ20100322

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9-28-13 “We consider China to be an anchor of stability for this region and the larger world,” Karzai told Li during the hour-long talks.
Ministers from both sides also signed agreements on extradition and economic and technical cooperation.
In September last year Beijing sent its highest-ranking official to visit Kabul in nearly half a century, the security chief at the time Zhou Yongkang.
China has secured major oil and copper mining concessions in the country, which is believed to possess minerals worth more than $1 trillion. …China and Afghanistan share a short border of 76 kilometres (47 miles). http://www.nation.com.pk/international/28-Sep-2013/karzai-calls-china-anchor-of-stability
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