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originally posted by: RAY1990
a reply to: Arnie123
Depends what you mean by empire.
All of it's land claims are based upon the days of Imperial China... If it was once an empire and it's nearly been reformed to it's former glory, then what does that make it?
Anyways I don't think the 21st century definition of empire is anything like that of past centuries.
China is an empire, just like the US is.
China's approach could be similar to that used by Russia in Syria. First, they'll create working relationships with local and national Afghan government officials. Once they've established themselves in the country, they'll have a new base from which to deploy troops and conduct air strikes against the Uygur, should the need arise.