The prominent lawmaker announced to hold a Congressional hearing into the deal, since he sees it as a strategic deal that goes “beyond Beijing’s desire to control new energy sources”.
“The establishment of a large Communist Chinese government presence in the northern tier of Afghanistan will undoubtedly include armed security forces which Beijing always sends to its foreign oil fields. This enterprise should be seen as part of the long-term goal of the Sino-Pakistan alliance to dominate Afghanistan,” he said.
According to Rohrabacher, CNPC is partnered with the Watan Group on this deal. Watan Group is Karzai’s family firm run by two of his cousins and his brother, Qayum Karzai.
The lawmaker sees this move as just another “example of President Karzai exercising dictatorial power to enrich his family”.
He finds the strategic partnership with China as a stab in the back, as it will put the US sacrifice of blood and treasure during all these years into waste.