Wednesday, January 19, 2022

China hopes Afghanistan can combat all forms of terrorist forces in the aftermath of US withdrawal

China asked the Taliban to combat all forms of terrorist forces and form an open, inclusive government that follows moderate policies to get international recognition as the Taliban took complete control of Kabul after the US troops left Afghanistan on Tuesday ending America’s two-decade-old war. Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a media briefing in Beijing, criticised US’ military intervention in Afghanistan. However, when asked whether China is ready to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate authority in the country, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stopped short of saying it directly and hoped that Afghanistan can combat all forms of terrorist forces and live in harmony with other countries, live up to the aspiration of its own people and the international community. “China will continue to maintain close communication and coordination with all parties in Afghanistan and the world to support Afghanistan and provide assistance to help Afghanistan to restore peace, rebuild the economy, combat terrorist groups including ETIM and integrate into the international community,” he said.

When asked whether China would provide humanitarian assistance to the Taliban or through the international aid groups, he said that the US should “shoulder due to responsibility”. On why China, along with Russia, abstained from the voting on the UN Security Council resolution asking for commitments made by it regarding the safe, secure, and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and foreign nationals besides not sheltering terrorist groups, Wang said Beijing had “big doubts” about the content.

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