The Taliban is turning to China for help after taking over Afghanistan last month, according to a Tweet by the Taliban Spokesman for International Media (English), Suhail Shaheen, yesterday. The Taliban is excited about China’s potential economic ‘One Belt One Road’ investment, without realizing the spiritual implication of the Silk Road strategy of the underground house church missionaries.
While most of the world is turning away from Afghanistan, China has become their “main partner” to halt an economic collapse, according to Zabihullah Mujahid. The Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan is only a few days old, but has already become dependent on China.
The United States and its European allies have closed all of their diplomatic missions and do not currently officially recognize the Taliban government – this has stopped all economic aid to Afghanistan which was given to the previous government. Most governments have also frozen all access to bank accounts and cash for the new Afghan government.
The international community is withholding aid and demanding that the Taliban allow people to leave the country, enable access of humanitarian aid, make a complete break with international terrorist organizations, and respect human rights, especially for women. The Taliban is denying that they are violating any human rights, all while inflicting some of the most horrendous atrocities against the people every day.
China, however, is ready to invest, but they will want a few things in return. China will want access to mining, precious metals and minerals, and the rights for the transportation of goods and services. And it seems that the Taliban is ready to play ball. “China is our main partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us because it is ready to invest and rebuild our country,” Mujahid told La Repubblica yesterday, putting his cards on the table. “We own rich copper mines, which, thanks to the Chinese, will be modernized. Finally, China represents our ticket to the markets around the world.”
What Mujahid doesn’t know is that China’s One Belt One Road investments also represent a ticket to Chinese Back to Jerusalem missionaries as has never been available before. As Chinese businessmen and contractors begin to flood into Afghanistan by the thousands, laced in those numbers will be Back to Jerusalem missionaries armed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Could a back door to Afghanistan be opening up for the first time in our life time? Could the most evil power that the world could ever imagine be unwittingly preparing the way for the Good News? Could the nightmare of the rise of the Taliban today, like the rise of Mao Zedong in 1949, be the beginning of the largest house church movement ever experienced in Afghanistan’s history?
Afghanistan has been labeled as the graveyard of empires. No world power has been able to defeat and rule over Afghanistan, but perhaps that is because Afghanistan has yet to be invaded by the armies of the living God.