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The CCP And The Taliban Are Long Time Allies

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This previous weekend, Gordon G. Chang, columnist and author of The Coming Collapse of China divulged the connection between the Chinese Communist Party and fundamentalist group the Taliban.

Although born in New Jersey and educated at Cornell Law School, Chang’s father was born and raised in China under totalitarian rule. After acquiring his law degree in New York, he would also reside and work in Mainland China and Hong Kong, providing him a broader view of the CCP’s dealings.

“China has supplied weapons and logistical support to the Taliban for decades, and American presidents have ignored Beijing’s ties to the group, even when those weapons were used against American and NATO forces,” Chang wrote in his Fox News opinion piece.

“Senior figures from the terror-harboring group, including co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar, met with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the Chinese city of Tianjin on July 28. American intelligence officials believe Beijing will recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan soon,” he elaborated.

In his article, he also disclosed tech company Huawei’s association with the Taliban. Huwawei was founded by Ren Zhengfei, the People’s Liberation Army’s former Deputy Regimental Chief. The U.S. government has expressed its cybersecurity concerns over Huawei infrastructure, which it believes can provide surveillance capabilities for the Chinese government.

“China’s ties with the Taliban go back before 9/11. According to U.S. intelligence officials speaking without attribution to the Washington Times, Huawei Technologies and Zhongxing Telecom, also known as ZTE, were working on the telecom system in Kabul for two years prior to that horrific event,” Chang stated.

“Huawei, China’s “national champion” telecom-networking-gear manufacturer, had a deep relationship with the Taliban. Electronic Engineering Times reported in December 2001 that Indian intelligence officials believed Huawei India supplied communications surveillance equipment to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Huawei denied the charges, and a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said the allegations were “misleading,” Chang continued.

The connivance between China and the Taliban is not limited to telecommunications, it also extends to the provision of additional weaponry, which explains the extremists firepower capacity. In this regard, China already has a lot of blood on their hands if the Taliban decides to launch more terror attacks all over the world.

“BBC and other sources report that Beijing supplied the Taliban, even after Sept. 11, with surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft guns, landmines, rocket-propelled grenades and parts for roadside bombs as well as large-caliber sniper rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition. Some of these arms were shipped directly from China’s factories. Of particular concern was the Chinese shoulder-fired HN-5 anti aircraft missile. In short, China was a main supplier of small arms to the Taliban,” Chang said.

“Should the Taliban once again allow Afghanistan to be used as a staging ground for terrorist attacks, Washington will have to hold accountable not only the Taliban but also the Taliban’s big-power sponsors. That means, first and foremost, its most important backer, the People’s Republic of China,” Chang concluded.

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