The scene at the Kabul airport continues to be chaotic more than a week after the Taliban captured Afghanistan’s capital, with throngs of people so desperate to escape the country that some are passing babies over barriers to help get them out.

But just three miles away, it’s business as usual at the Chinese embassy.

“While we’ve been bogged down in Afghanistan, China has been on the march militarily, economically and technologically,” Punaro said.

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