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AfPak File: Beijing's Coronavirus Response In Afghanistan And Pakistan: What Is Happening And What Is Driving It?

April 9, 202040:07

In recent weeks, as the coronavirus pandemic has eased within its borders, Beijing has stepped up efforts to provide assistance to other countries and to project itself as a leader in the overall global response.

These efforts have included the shipment of supplies and other assistance to Afghanistan and to an even greater extent Pakistan, a key Chinese ally.

What is driving this response, and what implications does it have for Kabul and Islamabad? These questions and more are addressed by Mustafa Sarwar, a journalist with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Afghanistan Service, Radio Azadi; Ayesha Tanzeem, Afghanistan/Pakistan bureau chief for Voice of America; Yun Sun, director of the China Program at the Stimson Center; and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty media manager Muhammad Tahir moderates the discussion.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.

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Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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