The Chinese government says it is ready to improve “friendly and cooperation” relations with Afghanistan, after the country was overrun by the Taliban. As reported by AFP news agency, Monday (08/16/2021).
Beijing has reportedly been trying to maintain unofficial ties with the Taliban as long as U.S. forces pulled out of the country, escalating Taliban attacks until the capital Kabul was captured on Sunday. China shares a border with the country about 76 kilometers (47 miles).
Beijing has long feared Afghanistan would become a base for minority Uighur separatists in Xinjiang. However, the Taliban envoy, who met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin last month, confirmed that his country would not be used as a militant base.
Instead, china offers economic support as well as investment for the country’s reconstruction. Today, Monday (08/16/2021), the Chinese government said it “welcomes” the opportunity to strengthen relations with Afghanistan.
“The Taliban have repeatedly expressed their desire to develop good relations with China. And that they are waiting for China’s participation in afghanistan’s reconstruction and development,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.
In addition, Hua called on the Taliban to ensure a smooth transition of power and keep a promise to negotiate the establishment of an “open and inclusive Islamic government”. China also called on the militant group to ensure the safety of Afghans as well as foreign nationals.
Hua revealed that the Chinese government in Kabul city remains operational. Beijing has been evacuating Chinese citizens from the country for several months, amid deteriorating security conditions. The Taliban has previously sought to reassure the international community that Afghans should not be afraid of them. The group also said it would not take revenge on citizens who had previously supported the U.S.alliance.