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With US out of Afghanistan, challenges ahead for Comrades as they eye the Mullahs

Published by HarperCollins, 'The Comrades and the Mullahs: China, Afghanistan and the New Asian Geopolitics’ by Ananth Krishnan and Stanly Johny will be released on 14 March on ThePrint’s SoftCover.

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New Delhi: Two of India’s foremost voices on international relations have discussed in a new book the growing clout of China following the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, and what it all means for India.

‘The Comrades and the Mullahs: China, Afghanistan and the New Asian Geopolitics’ by Ananth Krishnan and Stanly Johny will be released on 14 March for Softcover, ThePrint’s online venue to launch non-fiction books.

The book has been published by HarperCollins India.

“The authors not only provide historical context and dissect the power play, they also consider the consequences of China’s increasing inroads into India’s neighbourhood, and the effect this would have on subcontinental dynamics in the immediate and long-term future,” said Swati Chopra, Executive Editor at HarperCollins India.

Ananth Krishnan, who is the China correspondent for The Hindu and is currently based in Hong Kong, said the book was the first to separate the hype from fact and lifts the veil on how Beijing sees the West.

“China does not want to repeat the mistakes of the West. Yet more than ever, Beijing is willing to insert itself as a power player abroad. This book tries to capture this fascinating and evolving dichotomy,” he said.

International affairs editor with The Hindu, Stanly Johny, says the book traces the story of both Afghanistan’s complex history and the challenges it offers to China at a time when Asian geopolitics is undergoing a paradigm shift.

“For Beijing, the withdrawal of the United States from one of its backyard countries is welcome news. But when it’s preparing to chart a new path of engagement with Afghanistan’s new rulers, the biggest challenge before the comrades in Beijing is Afghanistan’s history itself,” he added.


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