Necessary for all parties to contact Taliban and guide it actively, China tells US

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Stating that the situation in Afghanistan has undergone fundamental changes, China has told the US that it is necessary for all parties to make contact with the Taliban and guide it actively, Xinhua news agency reported.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during his telephonic conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday, discussed the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan amidst chaotic airlifts of Afghan civilians and diplomats by the US and NATO countries before the August 31 deadline, news agency PTI reported.

Wang and Blinken also discussed bilateral ties which were riddled with tensions over a host of issues.

Quoting Wang, the report further said: “The US, in particular, needs to work with the international community to provide Afghanistan with urgently-needed economic, livelihood and humanitarian assistance, help the new Afghan political structure maintain normal operation of government institutions, maintain social security and stability, curb currency depreciation and inflation and embark on the journey of peaceful reconstruction at an early date”.

Facts have proved again that the Afghanistan war never achieved the goal of eliminating militancy in Afghanistan and the hasty withdrawal of the US and NATO troops is likely to offer an opportunity to various militant groups in Afghanistan to regroup, Wang told Blinken.

On China-US relations, The Chinese Foreign Minister said that dialogue is better than confrontation and cooperation is better than conflict and that the Chinese side will consider how to engage with Washington based on its attitude towards Beijing, the report said.

The report quoting Wang said if the US side also hopes to bring bilateral relations back on the right track, it should stop blindly smearing and attacking China, and stop undermining China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests.

Their conversation followed the first round of high-level military talks after US President Joe Biden came to power in January during which the two sides discussed the rapidly evolving situation.

Pertinently, China, along with Russia and Pakistan, has kept its Embassy in Kabul open. Wang Yu, Chinese Ambassador in Afghanistan, held first diplomatic talks with the Taliban officials recently.

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal. This forced Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country to the UAE.

The Taliban have gathered across Afghanistan, taking control of all major cities in a matter of days, as Afghan government forces trained and equipped by the US and its allies melted away.


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