Chinese Propagandists Capitalize on Biden Admin's Afghanistan Withdrawal, Defense Report Finds

Taliban celebrations of U.S. withdrawal / Reuters
November 29, 2022

China is attacking America’s international credibility by pointing to the Biden administration’s failed withdrawal from Afghanistan, a Department of Defense report published Tuesday found.

"The PRC employed multiple diplomatic tools in an attempt to erode U.S. and partner influence, such as highlighting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan," according to the annual report, which details military developments relating to China.

State media and Communist Party officials in China push claims of decreasing American power evidenced by the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 after 20 years of war. The rushed evacuation resulted in 13 U.S. servicemembers dying in an ISIS suicide bombing and American families left behind under Taliban control.

"State media outlets also recently condemned the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan," the report said.

It added that the media and officials "cited the withdrawal as evidence that the U.S. is an unreliable partner and declining power."

The report comes after the State Department refused to say how it spent $1 billion in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over.

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