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As NATO and Western powers begin to take a backseat in Afghanistan’s future, one of the most pressing questions is what role regional powers, particularly China and India, can play in helping the country to become a prosperous and stable nation.
Numerous efforts are already underway through multilateral and bilateral forums, yet the key to regional co-operation in securing Afghanistan’s future lies through closer interaction between Beijing and New Delhi.
This paper – which draws on a research project spanning a number of workshops in Beijing, New Delhi and Qatar, and involving influential thinkers and experts from China, India, the UK and Afghanistan – maps out specific ideas that policy-makers in Beijing and New Delhi can explore as avenues for co-operation.
Post-2014 Afghanistan will remain a major regional concern for at least the short to medium term. The earlier that China and India can develop workable collaborative undertakings, the sooner they can forge a stable and prosperous neighbourhood.
About the Authors
Dr Shisheng Hu is Director of South Asia and Oceania Studies at the China Institute for Contemporary International Relations.
Raffaello Pantucci is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.
Lieutenant General (Rtd) Ravi Sawhney is a Distinguished Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation.
The authors are grateful to Edward Schwarck, Research Fellow, RUSI, for his support in drafting this paper.