China will not follow in the U.S. footsteps to try and take over Afghanistan, according to Baucus.
"Their major concern is East Turkestan. They are going to work with the Taliban to help make sure there's very little terrorism from Afghanistan," Baucus said, referring to the Uyghur extremist group called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement. "I expect that China will be very careful."
Max Baucus, who was the U.S. ambassador to China between February 2014 and January 2017 under former President Barack Obama, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." "They will not try to take over the country as other countries, including the U.S., have," he said, adding that China is worried about potential terror attacks within its borders or on Chinese targets in the region, carried out from Afghan soil.