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Rare earth trillions lure China to Afghanistan's new Great Game

Beijing will be the first major power to recognize the new regime

| Afghanistan
A Taliban fighter holding an assault rifle stands guard outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul on Aug. 16: Afghanistan seemingly reverts to 2001.

Admiral James Stavridis was 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He spent the bulk of his operational career in the Pacific, and is author of "2034: A Novel of the Next World War."

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