As the US has left blood and treasure in Afghanistan with little to show for it beyond tamping down al-Qaeda, China is moving in to suck up natural resources without the blowback the US got after the Iraq invasion for potentially exploiting that country's oil reserves.
Will China succeed where the Bits, Russia and the US failed in pacifying this turbulent region or will it become a money pit for them as well?
Beijing signed a strategic partnership last summer with the war-torn country. This was followed in September with a trip to Kabul by its top security official, the first by a leading Chinese government figure in 46 years, and the announcement that China would train 300 Afghan police officers. China is also showing signs of willingness to help negotiate a peace agreement as NATO prepares to pull out in two years.