With the United States out of Afghanistan, challenges await comrades as they watch the mullahs


New Delhi: Two of India’s leading voices on international relations have discussed in a new book China’s growing influence following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and what it all means for India.

“Comrades and the Mullahs: China, Afghanistan and the New Asian Geopolitics” by Ananth Krishnan and Stanly Johny will be released on March 14 on Softcover, ThePrint’s online site for launching non-fiction books.

The book was published by HarperCollins India.

“The authors not only provide historical context and dissect the power game, they also consider the consequences of China’s growing incursions into India’s neighborhood, and the effect this would have on subcontinental dynamics in the immediate and long-term future,” said Swati Chopra, Managing Editor at HarperCollins India.

Ananth Krishnan, China correspondent for The Hindu and currently based in Hong Kong, said the book was the first to separate hype from fact and lift the veil on how Beijing views the West.

“China does not want to repeat the mistakes of the West. However, more than ever, Beijing is ready to insert itself as a powerful actor abroad. This book tries to capture that fascinating and evolving dichotomy,” he said.

The Hindu’s international affairs editor, Stanly Johny, says the book charts both the complex history of Afghanistan and the challenges it offers China at a time when Asian geopolitics is undergoing a shift of paradigm.

“For Beijing, the withdrawal of the United States from one of its backyard countries is good news. But as he prepares to chart a new course of engagement with Afghanistan’s new leadership, the greatest challenge before the comrades in Beijing is the history of Afghanistan itself,” he said. he adds.

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