Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 28, 2014
Afghanistan and China pledged a new long-term partnership with each other as the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani began an official visit to Beijing on October 28. "We look at China as a strategic partner," Ghani told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during a meeting at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.
Xi said he was prepared to work towards "a new era of cooperation in China-Afghanistan relations" to "take development to a new depth and breadth." China is a key investor in Afghanistan, which has an estimated $1 trillion worth of mineral resources, and has secured major oil and copper mining deals there.