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China in Afghanistan, a year after U.S. withdrawal: A live interview with Niva Yau
With the U.S. completely out of the picture, what is China doing in Afghanistan? How can the Chinese Communist Party work with the Taliban, an extremist Islamic organization? Ask your questions to Niva Yau in this live interview on September 28.
Last August, U.S. President Joe Biden pulled American troops and diplomats out of Afghanistan. With the U.S. completely out of the picture, what is China doing in Afghanistan? How can the Chinese Communist Party work with the Taliban, an extremist Islamic organization?
To answer these questions, Jeremy Goldkorn will interview Niva Yau, a Hong Kong–born scholar who lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan during this live interview on September 28.
Niva Yau is a Senior Researcher at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and Fellow at the Eurasia Program of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. Her work follows Global China affairs with a particular focus on China’s foreign policy, trade and security in its western neighbourhood, including Central Asia and Afghanistan. She has conducted a number of commissioned research and briefed officials on Global China affairs and China affairs in Central Asia, concerning security engagement, private security companies, governance export, influence campaigns, and more. In May 2022, Ms Yau testified in Washington DC for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Ms Yau is quoted by news agencies globally, such as BBC, The Independent, Nikkei Asia, The Economist, VICE, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera and others. Ms Yau was awarded the Albert Otto Hirschman prize for best political economy writing in 2020 by The Washington Post for her work on the latest development of Chinese policy banks in Central Asia. Originally from Hong Kong, Ms Yau has been based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan since 2018, she is a native speaker of Cantonese, Mandarin, English and learner of Russian.
Jeremy Goldkorn is Editor-in-Chief of The China Project and co-host of the Sinica podcast. He moved to China in 1995 and became managing editor of Beijing's first independent English-language entertainment magazine. In 2003, he founded the website and research firm, Danwei, which tracked Chinese media, markets, politics, and business. It was acquired in 2013 by the Financial Times. He has lived in a worker's dormitory, produced a documentary film about African soccer players in Beijing, and rode a bicycle from Peshawar to Kathmandu via Kashgar and Lhasa.