BEIJING: China is able to deepen “pleasant and cooperative” relations with Afghanistan, a authorities spokeswoman stated Monday, after the Taliban seized management of the nation.
Beijing has sought to take care of unofficial ties with the Taliban all through the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, which spurred an advance by the Islamist hardliners throughout the nation that noticed them seize the capital Kabul on Sunday.
China shares a rugged 76-kilometre (47-mile) border with Afghanistan.
Beijing has lengthy feared Afghanistan might grow to be a staging level for minority Uyghur separatists within the delicate border area of Xinjiang.
However a top-level Taliban delegation met with Chinese language Overseas Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin final month, promising that Afghanistan wouldn’t be used as a base for militants.
In trade, China supplied financial assist and funding for Afghanistan’s reconstruction.
On Monday, China stated it “welcomed” the possibility to deepen ties with Afghanistan, a rustic that has for generations been coveted for its geo-strategic significance by greater powers.
“The Taliban have repeatedly expressed their hope to develop good relations with China, and that they stay up for China’s participation within the reconstruction and growth of Afghanistan,” international ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying informed reporters.
“We welcome this. China respects the precise of the Afghan individuals to independently decide their very own future and is prepared to proceed to develop… pleasant and cooperative relations with Afghanistan.”
Hua known as on the Taliban to “guarantee a easy transition” of energy and preserve its guarantees to barter the institution of an “open and inclusive Islamic authorities” and make sure the security of Afghans and international residents.
China’s embassy in Kabul stays operational, Hua stated, though Beijing started evacuating Chinese language residents from the nation months in the past amid the deteriorating safety scenario.
In a press release Monday, the embassy informed Chinese language residents remaining in Afghanistan to “pay shut consideration to the safety scenario” and keep indoors.
US President Joe Biden promised a whole withdrawal of US troops by September 11, marking an finish to twenty years of struggle.
However Washington was left shocked by the fast collapse of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban’s sweeping advance.
China has repeatedly criticised what it sees because the US’ hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan as a failure of management.
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