During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Tuesday, Randall Schriver, the US assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), testified:
“There is the possibility that China on the counterterrorism front could be a [U.S.] partner. They certainly have their own concerns about terrorism within China and the potential for linkages with terrorist groups operating elsewhere and for that to seep into China. Historically, we have run into some difficulties with what they define as a terrorist, particularly inside China and the way we look at things. There’s an important difference there, but they do have an interest in stability in Afghanistan. In our discussions with China, it is an agenda item how we promote our cooperation and how we can ensure that they are a constructive participant in the process that’s underway in Afghanistan.”
The Pentagon official’s comments came in response to Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) asking whether or not China could be a “viable constructive counterterrorism partner” for the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.