Now that the Taliban has taken control in Afghanistan, they are hoping to recieve some big financial investments from China. According to Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, in an interview with Chinese media, he feels that China can play a big role in the “rebuilding, rehabilitation, reconstruction of Afghanistan.”
If you have not been paying attention, Beijing has been making some massive financial investments in the area between China and Jerusalem. Those investments are known as the “One Belt, One Road” initiatives. China has been pouring money into Afghanistan’s neighboring nations like Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, etc, and now they are focusing on the war-torn nation that has just gained brand new leadership.
China’s “One Belt, One Road” financial initiatives help to provide massive loans to poor countries, enabling them to build roads, rail roads, airports, communication infrastructure, electric grids, sports stadiums, government buildings, and business networks. These investments bring in large numbers of new Chinese workers and investors and also happen to provide the perfect ‘cover’ for Chinese missionaries to move in.
Today, because of China’s unique influence on Afghanistan, Chinese citizens are also well protected by the Taliban. The Taliban do not want Chinese citizens to be harmed for fear that it might challenge their relationship with Beijing. It might be possible that there has never been a better time to be a Chinese missionary serving in Afghanistan – and Afghanistan needs the Gospel message like never before.
Please continue to pray for the nation of Afghanistan, and the missionaries serving there.