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China Wooed Taliban With Investment Promises That Haven’t Panned Out

  • Beijing says Taliban haven’t cut ties to Xinjiang-linked group
  • Taliban struggling to govern as economy faces collapse
Amir Khan Muttaqi with Wang Yi in Kabul in March.
Amir Khan Muttaqi with Wang Yi in Kabul in March.Photographer: Saifurahman Safi/Xinhua/Getty Images
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The US withdrawal from Afghanistan after two decades of war opened up an opportunity for China to expand its influence and lock down access to the country’s vast mineral deposits. 

It hasn’t worked out that way.