(Liberty Bell) – After almost 20 years of war and fighting, Joe Biden decided to abandon Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan by shutting down the electricity and then disappearing into the dark of night without giving any sort of notification to the Afghan commander who discovered the secret departure from the base just two hours after they left.
According to Gateway Pundit, the Taliban managed to move in quickly and take over Bagram Air Base, which is located only 30 miles north of Kabul, on August 15 and then went on to release thousands of terrorists that were being held in its prison.
There was a treasure trove of military equipment, uniforms, rations, and even sports drinks left behind for the Taliban, and you can bet your bottom dollar they’re going to find a way to utilize all of these things and then some.
However, there are now reports that China might be interested in making a move to take over the base. They, however, are denying said reports.
US News and World Report says, “China is considering deploying military personnel and economic development officials to Bagram airfield, perhaps the single-most prominent symbol of the 20-year U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.”
“The Chinese military is currently conducting a feasibility study about the effect of sending workers, soldiers and other staff related to its foreign economic investment program known as the Belt and Road Initiative in the coming years to Bagram, according to a source briefed on the study by Chinese military officials, who spoke to U.S. News on the condition of anonymity,” the report continues.
“A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday issued a carefully crafted denial of plans for an imminent takeover of the military airfield roughly an hour from Kabul, first established by the Soviets during their own occupation in Afghanistan and which at the height of the U.S. military presence there was its busiest in the world,” the report stated.
“What I can tell everyone is that that is a piece of purely false information,” Wang Wenbin went on to tell reporters on Tuesday.
“However, the current consideration in Beijing is not for any pending movements, rather a potential deployment as long as two years from now, the source says. And it would not encompass taking over the base but rather sending personnel and supplies at the invitation of the government in Kabul – and certainly after the Taliban secures its rule,” U.S. News & World Report says.
Not only would China expand its regional influence by taking Bagram, it would also do more damage to the image of the United States on the world stage as the country continues to look at China as its most dangerous and pressing global threat.
“Given their past experience, the Chinese must be eager to get their hands on whatever the U.S. has left at the base,” Yun Sun, director of the China Program at the Stimson Center think tank went on to say.
“For example, the People’s Liberation Army – the official name for China’s entire military – has reportedly secured exclusive rights to roughly a third of the Ream Naval Base in Cambodia in recent years though an expansion there it’s backed. In Myanmar, it has provided radio, radar and other military equipment to the local junta on the Coco Islands, an archipelago roughly 250 mile south of Yangon where China has reportedly held leasing rights for the last three decades. Beijing has claimed its presence there does not amount to a military base, even though all the equipment, maintenance and training taking place there originate from China,” the report says.
This tactic has been used by China in Pakistan, which it has used to help boost a new security and intelligence-sharing arrangement over the last few years.
This is yet another consequence of the foolish troop withdrawal put in place by Joe Biden. How much more bad stuff is going to come out of this mess? That’s a good question. All we can do is speculate that there’s more fallout headed our direction.
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