Chinese authorities and Taliban meet in Tianjin as the US exits Afghanistan

Chinese authorities and Taliban meet in Tianjin as the US exits Afghanistan

China’s Foreign Minister met with senior heads of the Taliban in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on Wednesday in the most recent indication of warming ties among Beijing and the resurgent Islamist group.

During a meeting with Taliban’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the group’s political committee, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi depicted the Taliban as a significant military and political power in Afghanistan, and said he anticipated that the Taliban should assume a significant part in the nation’s “peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process,” as indicated by China’s Foreign Ministry.

Following the withdrawal of American soldiers from Afghanistan, the Taliban has quickly extended its quality – and presently controls enormous wraps of country. The speed at which Afghan security powers have let completely go to the Taliban has stunned many, and prompted concerns the capital Kabul could be close to fall. All unfamiliar powers are required to leave Afghanistan by August 31.

Wednesday’s meeting, which was additionally gone to by the tops of the Taliban’s religious and publicity committees, is the most recent move by the Chinese government to fortify its relationship with the Islamist group.

Beijing has put intensely in Central Asia lately through its Belt and Road trade and infrastructure scheme, and China’s Foreign Ministry has recently talked about the chance of broadening the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into Afghanistan.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Wang alluded to Afghanistan as China’s biggest neighbor, and stressed the destiny of the nation ought to be “in the hands of the Afghan people.”

Wang said the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan under US President Joe Biden denoted the “failure of the US’ policy towards Afghanistan,” as well as a chance for the nation to balance out and create.

“(China) respects Afghanistan’s sovereign independence and territorial integrity, (and) always insists on non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs,” Wang said.

As far as it matters for its, the Islamist group told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post toward the beginning of July that it thought about China as a “welcome friend.”

Wang likewise referenced the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) which he called an “international terrorist organization,” and said the Taliban ought to “completely sever all ties” with the meeting to advance regional stability.

The Chinese government has routinely blamed the ETIM for planning and undertaking fear monger assaults in Xinjiang, allegations it has used to legitimize its widespread crackdown in the Western region.

Talking in India on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said both Washington and New Delhi had a “strong interest in a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan” and portrayed the Taliban’s tactical advances as “deeply troubling.”

Blinken added that the US and its accomplices would keep on cooperating to “sustain the gains of the Afghan people and support regional stability after the withdrawal of coalition forces from the country.”