China: Peacemaker in South Asia?

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On Feb. 6, the third meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), a coalition between the United States, China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, which has the shared goal of reducing violence and establishing lasting peace in Afghanistan, took place. At the meeting, a roadmap for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban was agreed upon by the participants. China has traditionally operated on the principle of non-interference in other countries, and as a result, has kept out of Afghanistan’s internal affairs. However, an array of interests in Afghanistan and the region stand behind China’s active role in the negotiations.