Crumbling walls, collapsing tunnels and shuttered power plants -- combined with endless debt -- are just some of the problems emerging from Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative.
With each passing day, cheaply made products imported from China are increasingly gaining ground in markets, selling at very low prices and putting domestic producers out of business.
Exports from the port in Balkh province have increased by 82% in recent months, bringing with it an increase in revenue, which is added to the state's coffers, authorities say.
Jawzjan residents previously fetched drinking water from rivers and streams, risking infection -- especially among children and the elderly.
Many donors have halted support to Afghanistan after the Taliban returned to power, but China signaled it wants 'friendly and co-operative' relations with the country -- and its resources.
Better access to the marketplace will help female entrepreneurs improve their business and production activities while attracting investment.
Arian Bank was engaged in illegal activities on behalf of the Iranian regime, including financing the Taliban, say observers.
Tribal elders on both sides of the border hope the move will improve brotherly relations, while traders are optimistic for a boost in business.
As the craft declines, survival is becoming a growing challenge for the glassblowers in Herat, including Ghulam Sakhi, whose family has been making Herati glass for '200 or 300 years'.
Iran's ban on exporting more than 100 commodities, including foods and construction materials, has led to increased economic instability and price surges in local markets.