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International relations

As US exits Afghanistan, China prepares for threat of security void

Beijing faces rising extremist threats in key Belt and Road region

A Chinese official adjusts a national flag in front of an ornamental window at the Xinjing Room of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Even as U.S.-China ties fray, Beijing is growing increasingly concerned over a security vacuum emerging in Afghanistan after America withdraws from the war-torn country.

With the Sept. 11 deadline for the Americans to withdraw getting closer, China will no longer be able to rely on a U.S. presence to quell some of the security threats posed by Afghanistan on its southwestern border.

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