tirsdag 31. august 2021

The Taliban's return to power has China worried about the remote strip of land that connects the 2 countries

Afghanistan and China share a 74km (46 mile) border along the remote Wakhan Corridor, a narrow, inhospitable and barely accessible strip of land, extending about 350km from the far northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan to China's mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang. The passage, a transnational trade route for centuries under the ancient Silk Road, was used as a buffer in the late 19th century between the eastern end of the Russian empire (present-day Tajikistan) and the western reaches of the British Empire (present-day Pakistan).

That leaves the isolated Afghan strip bound on three sides by China, Tajikistan and Pakistan. The Wakhan region is known for being inaccessible for most of the year due to its high altitude, extreme weather and lack of roads. It is located in the remote Afghan province of Badakhshan, where three of the world's major mountain ranges — the Hindu Kush, the Karakoram and the Pamirs — meet to form what is known as the Pamir Knot.