On February 15, 1989, when General Boris Gromov followed the last Soviet troops out of Afghanistan over the Friendship Bridge to Uzbekistan, the Pudong district east of the Huangpu river in Shanghai was undeveloped farmland. Once the Soviet troops left, China − which had cooperated with the U.S., Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in supplying arms to the anti-Soviet resistance − turned inward to focus on development. As part of that effort, in 1990 Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping declared “Shanghai is our trump card,” ordering the development of Pudong.

Oct 07, 2015
China, East Asia, South Asia

Since 2009, the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University has supported the development of regional approaches to Afghanistan by co-convening a series of structured dialogues among regional stakeholders. Since the initial meeting in June 2009 in Dubai, CIC has co-convened seven meetings including Istanbul (January 2010), Dubai (December 2010, April 2011), Oslo (June 2011), Dubai (September 2011), Oslo (September 2011), and Abu Dhabi (January 2013).

Feb 03, 2014
Center on International Cooperation
China, South Asia, Pakistan

Afghan government representatives said at the meeting that it was ready to make an effort to build trust, if the Taliban agreed to peace negotiations.

Read the full New York Times article Taliban and Afghan Peace Officials Have Secret Talks in China

May 25, 2015
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

CIC Associate Director Barnett Rubin and Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund Andrew Small assess Beijing’s role in improving the historically tense relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mar 09, 2015
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan

CIC Associate Director, Barnett Rubin, recently shared his thoughts with The New York Times on China’s growing engagement with Afghan politics.

Feb 20, 2015
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

There were signs of easing tensions in some parts of the international system last week, but warnings of deepening crises on other fronts.

Read the full World Politics Review article Big-Power ‘Buffering’ Mechanisms Needed to Manage Era of Disorder

Nov 12, 2014
Richard Gowan

One hundred and seventy soldiers, 50 degree heat, 10 months away from home and 700 individual missions to complete. This all adds up to one of the toughest deployments in recent Chinese military history, undertaken by the first batch of People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers sent on a UN peacekeeping operation in the war-torn West African country of Mali.

Read the full Global Times article Keeping peace in the Sahara

Nov 12, 2014
Richard Gowan
China, West Africa
United Nations

There are reasons to think that Africa may be a place where prospects of Sino-European cooperation are promising. EU members – and above all France – continue to play an active role in crisis management in weak African states like Mali, Somalia, and the Central African Republic. 

Read the Full ECFR article African Security – a bright spot for Sino-European cooperation

Nov 04, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin gave a lecture to students at Peking University on Monday, October 27th. In his talk, he explores the ways that cooperation in Afghanistan can positively contribute to the overall US-China relationship. He also highlights examples of where that cooperation is already taking place and proposes a number of areas that might be particularly fruitful for collaboration in the future.

Read the full lecture: Are China and the United States Rivals or Partners in Afghanistan?

Oct 27, 2014
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

Russia and China are good friends these days. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Moscow last week and, by signing a bundle of economic agreements, demonstrated Beijing’s disregard for Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. Early in the Ukrainian conflict, American and European officials hoped that Beijing would take steps to penalize Russia over its annexation of Crimea. But it has confined itself to token complaints, while reinforcing its trade relations with its northern neighbor.

Oct 20, 2014
Richard Gowan
China, Europe

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