As the Taliban seek to consolidate their power, what does this say about the U.S. security commitments to Japan, Taiwan and South Korea?

Chinese analysts and government mouthpieces like the Global Times are selling the narrative that the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return of the Taliban is evidence of America's decline.

Many argue that the United States’ inability to “defeat” the Taliban despite overwhelming military superiority demonstrates that the U.S. is a zhilaohu (a paper tiger), a euphemism used by communist leaders of the past to describe a foe that appears threatening but is actually ineffectual and unable to withstand a challenge.