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The US Military Is Set to Withdraw from Afghanistan On May 1. What Happens Next?

 Apr 11, 2021 Posted by Silk Road Briefing Written by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Op/Ed by  Chris Devonshire-Ellis Why the Afghanistan Peace Process is Vital to China’s Belt & Road Initiative  Breakdown in peace talks leave China, Russia, India & Pakistan picking up the pieces China trade deals with Iran and Saudi Arabia part of the process At stake is the future of Central Asia  Sergei Lavrov; the Russian Foreign Minister, has been visiting  New Delhi  and  Islamabad  this week, discussing trade, as well as the settlement of the Afghan Peace talks. This has occurred just two weeks after he met with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in  Beijing . Top of the agenda in all these talks was the Afghanistan Peace process, coming as violence in the country is increasing and with a fast-approaching US deadline of May 1 for Washington to withdraw the American military from the country. The stakes are high – the United States ostensibly wants its troops back home, while China and Russia want

Pakistan, Afghanistan & Uzbekistan Agree 573km Connecting Railway

 Mar 05, 2021 Posted by Silk Road Briefing An Afghanistan vista of part of the proposed route Trans-Afghan Railway To Provide Links From Russia, Uzbekistan Through Pakistan To The Arabian Gulf  Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan have agreed to a roadmap for the building of a 573-kilometer route from Mazar-e-Sharif to Peshawar, via Kabul. The project, at an estimated cost of US$5 billion, will open Pakistani seaports on the Arabian Gulf to Uzbekistan and continue Afghanistan’s gradual integration into the Central Asian economic system. We have previously discussed Uzbekistan’s desire to use Pakistan’s Gwadar and Karachi Ports as a gateway to the Arabian Sea in the article  here . In Uzbekistan, the Central Asian, landlocked country, the deal has been called the “event of the century” by Tanzila Narbaeva, the Chairman of the national Senate, noting it as “another example of Uzbekistan actively pursuing an open and pragmatic foreign policy.” There are however significant infrastructure