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Gandhara Podcast: China And Afghanistan, Pakistan Cooperation

FILE: A Pakistani tank during a military operation in the Khyber Pass.

Beijing is attempting to achieve what has evaded Islamabad and Kabul for decades -- meaningful cooperation and stable bilateral relations based on mutual trust and respect for each other’s sovereignty.

But a Chinese-brokered understanding requiring the two neighbors to coordinate counterterrorism operations along their shared border seems to have already run aground amid seemingly unending suspicion and accusations of support for militants.

To discuss this tricky issue, I joined Sune Engle Rasmussen, the Guardian’s correspondent in Kabul. Hameed Hakimi, a research associate at the Chatham House think tank, joined us from London. RFE/RL Media Manager Muhammad Tahir steered our discussion from Washington.

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    Abubakar Siddique

    Abubakar Siddique, the editor of RFE/RL's Gandhara website, is a journalist specializing in coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the author of The Pashtun Question: The Unresolved Key To The Future Of Pakistan And Afghanistan.