Afghanistan backdrop to Xi's Central Asia visit

Associated Press
Afghanistan backdrop to Xi's Central Asia visit

In this Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honor during a welcome ceremony for visiting Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi visits Central Asia from Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 amid concerns that a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan could mean a destabilizing exodus of foreign radical fighters there back to homelands closer to China’s borders. With the pullout deadline just 16 months away, China's leaders share widespread concerns that Kabul's own forces won't be able to maintain security or that foreign fighters who were focused on fighting U.S. troops will now head elsewhere, including other fragile Central Asian nations or even northwestern China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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