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China has stated that it will respect the “choice” of the Afghan people. This is the first sign that Beijing is prepared to cautiously support the Taliban government in Kabul.
“The situation in Afghanistan has undergone major changes, and we respect the wishes and choices of the Afghan people,” said Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Beijing’s first official comment on the Taliban incident. Swept Kabul.
Prior to the above remarks, the state-backed nationalist tabloid “Global Times” published an editorial saying that the United States’ 20-year effort to reshape Afghanistan “completely failed” and that the Taliban’s return to power was a “heavy blow” to Afghanistan. American reputation.
“The United States’ desperate withdrawal plan shows that the United States’ commitment to its allies is unreliable: When its interests require it to abandon its allies, Washington will not hesitate to find all excuses to do so,” the editorial said.
Analysts predict that after the Taliban regain power, China will expand its influence and strategic interests in Afghanistan, as long as its own security concerns are met.
But any policy will depend on Taliban’s attitude towards XinjiangIt is the area bordering Afghanistan, where Beijing has detained more than 1 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.
Claude Rakisits, a former Australian security official and Afghan expert, stated that the Taliban would prioritize relations with China before any ties with the East Turkistan Islamic Movement. Beijing described the organization as a Uyghur radical. Organization, posing a security threat.
“If it means China’s massive investment in Afghanistan — I think they will definitely do it. They are ruthless… but also very pragmatic,” said Rakisits, who now works at the Australian National University.
Claudia Chia, an analyst at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, said Beijing’s focus will be on “low-risk” participation, such as aid, housing and basic infrastructure.
Indian government officials have stated that they hope that China will provide funding through Pakistan, which is one of Beijing’s staunchest allies in the region and an important partner of its flagship infrastructure construction project, the “Belt and Road” initiative.
But Liu Zongyi, a foreign policy expert at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, said that China “will not interfere” in China’s internal affairs.
“Afghanistan is in an important position connecting Asian countries, right[the Belt and Road]… This does not mean that China is filling the power vacuum, but the cooperation between two functioning governments,” Liu said.
Hua emphasized that the Taliban are committed to establishing an open government to ensure the safety of the Afghan people and foreign embassies.
“China expects these promises to be fulfilled to ensure a peaceful transition in Afghanistan, and all terrorism and criminal acts will be contained,” she said.
Be a senior Taliban leader Meet with Wang YiLiu added that the Chinese Foreign Minister last month, the organization “promises” that Afghanistan will not be used as a terrorist base for attacking Chinese in Xinjiang.
“We will see if the Taliban keep their promises,” he said.
Supplementary report by Liu Xinning and Zhou Aima in Beijing