China to Extend 'Silk Road' Plan to Afghanistan
China is extending its Belt and Road Initiative to include Afghanistan.
The development plan refers to the historic Silk Road between China and the West. It aims to link more than 60 countries from Asia to Europe, through land and maritime trade routes.
Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced the plan in 2013.
The extension plan would involve extending the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, known as CPEC, to neighboring Afghanistan. The CPEC is a program within the larger Belt and Road Initiative.
China is now preparing for the first Belt and Road Forum, a meeting of countries involved in the development project. The two-day event begins Sunday in Beijing. More than 25 heads of state will attend the meeting.
The Unites States also is sending a delegation to the meeting. It will be led by Matthew Pottinger, an adviser to President Donald Trump and a National Security Council official for East Asia.
China welcomed the move, which was first planned when Trump met with Xi last month in Florida.
China expanding its Belt and Road project
The decision to include Afghanistan has caused some observers to question whether China is trying to expand its influence in this area of Asia.
Ahmad Bilal Khalil is a researcher with the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies in Kabul, Afghanistan. He recently spoke with VOA about China's development plans.
He said that the aim is to create a road linking Pakistan's Peshawar to the Afghan capital of Kabul and to Kunduz, and then deeper into Central Asia.
Khalil said having projects in Afghanistan will help China with its $50 billion project in Pakistan. He says the effort will bring "more Pakistani and Chinese economic interests into Afghanistan."
"If there is insecurity in Afghanistan, (it) can also affect CPEC and One Belt, One Road," Khalil said. One Belt, One Road is another name for the Belt and Road Initiative.
David Kelly is with China Policy, a consulting company based in Beijing. He said that China hopes its investments in Afghanistan will reduce tensions there.
However, he said that reducing the religious and ethnic conflict in the country has been, in his words, "something that the Americans and before them the Soviets were unable to do."
China has invested in the copper mines of Afghanistan. It wants to improve access to the country's mineral resources.
M.K. Bhadrakumar is an author and an Indian diplomat. He said that extending the Belt and Road project to Afghanistan will help China in those efforts.
"One trillion dollars' worth of mineral resources are available in Afghanistan," he said.
Some observers note that China also may aim to be involved in Afghanistan's building industry in the future.
But China's main goal, some experts say, is to improve regional security through development and economic cooperation.
That is a difficult task. Recent clashes on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan killed more than 50 people in two days.
Ahmad Bilal Khalil said, "There is also a huge possibility that terrorism and extremism will also be exported to central Asia."
Researchers at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute noted in a recent report that the Belt initiative can do little to improve relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. But, they wrote, "there may be prospects for this over the medium to long term."
David Kelly with China Policy said China believes it can reduce religious extremism through offering economic benefits.
However, this policy has been proven wrong in the past, he said.
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2.central Asia 中亚地区
The route will link China with major countries in Central Asia, Western Asia and Europe.
3.regional security 区域安全
The West and China must now show common resolve to confront a growing threat to regional security.
4.mineral resources 矿产资源
Our country is rich in mineral resources.
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2.David Kelly with China Policy said China believes it can reduce religious extremism through offering economic benefits.
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“一带一路”指的是中国和西方之间具有历史意义的丝绸之路 。旨在通过陆上与海上贸易路线将沿线60多个亚欧国家联系起来 。
该拓展方案包括将中巴经济走廊（简称CPEC）延伸至阿富汗 。中巴经济走廊是“一带一路”倡议项目 。
目前，中国正在筹备“一带一路”高峰论坛——一次专门为参与该发展项目的国家召开的会议 。为期两日的会议将于本周日在北京召开，超25位国家元首将出席会议 。
美国也将派遣代表团参加会议 。特朗普政府的高级顾问兼国家安全委员会负责东亚事务的马修·波廷格(Matthew Pottinger)将率团参加
艾哈迈德·卡利尔（Ahmad Bilal Khalil）是位于阿富汗首都喀布尔的战略与区域研究中心的研究员 。近日，他向美国之音提及中国的发展规划 。
卡利尔表示，在阿富汗兴建项目有利于中国在巴基斯坦建立的约500亿美元的项目 。他表示，这一措施将为阿富汗带来更多巴基斯坦和中国的经济利益 。
卡利尔表示，“如果阿富汗动乱，势必会影响中巴经济走廊和“一带一路”发展 。”“一带一路”是“一带一路”倡议的简称 。
戴维·凯利（David Kelly）在一家总部位于北京的中国政策咨询公司（China Policy）供职 。他表示，中国希望通过投资能缓解阿富汗的紧张局势 。
中国已经投资了阿富汗的铜矿 。希望提高对该国矿产资源的利用 。
M.K. Bhadrakumar是一位印度外交官和作者 。他表示，将“一带一路”项目扩展至阿富汗有助于中国在这方面的努力 。
这是一项艰巨的任务 。近两日，巴基斯坦和阿富汗的边境冲突导致50多人死亡 。