The influence of China and the situation in Afghanistan, the axes of the US Secretary of State's trip

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The influence of China and the situation in Afghanistan, the axes of the US Secretary of State's trip to India and Kuwait.

Antony Blinken will visit India for the first time. A country increasingly aligned with Washington as concerns grow over the Taliban escalation in Afghanistan.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to India and Kuwait next week to hold talks on China, the coronavirus, and Afghanistan, the State Department reported on Friday.

The trip comes as the Joe Biden administration is trying to bolster America's leadership in vaccinating the world against COVID-19, trying to counter China's growing assertiveness, and moving to evacuate vulnerable people. From Afghanistan before the US military withdrawal is complete.

The State Department said Blinken would meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday before traveling to Kuwait City the next day.

India is a linchpin in America's efforts to counter China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region and elsewhere. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the plan in Delhi would include “COVID-19 response efforts, engagement in the Indo-Pacific, shared regional security interests, shared democratic values ​​and treatment of the climate crisis ”.

Kuwait, along with Qatar, is one of several countries that are being considered as potential hosts for thousands of Afghans working for the United States and who want to be relocated to the United States before the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in late August.

The Biden government hopes to evacuate some 4,000 Afghans who served as translators and other support functions for US forces in Afghanistan and their families to US military bases in third countries while their visas are processed.

This is in addition to the approximately 2,500 Afghans who have already completed the security investigation and who will be housed at the Fort Lee military base in Virginia, pending final approval of their visas starting next week.

The advance of the Taliban puts a bomb in South Asia

The unprecedented advance of the Taliban on the ground, who have taken under their control more than a hundred districts of Afghanistan, fuels fears in South Asia, a region plagued by armed groups that could euphorically view the victory of the insurgency.

The rapid deterioration of Afghanistan is preceded by the decision of the United States and NATO to withdraw their troops after twenty years fighting the Taliban, leaving an unfinished war in the hands of the Afghans themselves and a new dynamic in the security of the region.

With more than 130 districts, of the 402 that make up Afghanistan under their control, and several border points and public institutions, the Taliban announce terrible news for the states while setting an example for other groups in the region.