China helps Afghanistan set up a counterterrorism base

China is helping Afghanistan to set up a mountain brigade in Afghanistan to boost counterterrorism efforts.

Afghanistan said there would be no Chinese military personnel of any kind on Afghan soil at any time.

Sources close to the Chinese military earlier told the Post that China had funded and started building a training camp for Afghan troops in Afghanistan’s isolated Wakhan Corridor – a narrow strip of inhospitable and barely accessible land extending about 350km from the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan to China’s Muslim region of Xinjiang.

Xinjiang is a problem province for China. China views Xinjian as a source of terrorism, separatism and extremism.

China has given more than US$70 million in military aid to Afghanistan in the last three years.