China has said Afghanistan must not become a “gathering place” again for terrorism and must be supported in its determined fight against the scourge after Taliban insurgents took power in the war-torn country.
China has taken a nuanced stance on the evolving situation in Afghanistan after its takeover by what observers call the Taliban, calling on the terrorist group to shun terrorism and form an inclusive Islamist government with all parties and ethnicities.
China is concerned as hundreds of terrorists belonging to the Eastern Turkish Islamic Movement (ETIM) are congregating in Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s military advances, according to a recent UN report.
A senior Taliban delegation, led by Political Committee head Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who visited China last month during its talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, pledged not to allow the Uyghur Muslim militant group from Xinjiang. to operate from Afghanistan.
Reflecting on China’s concerns, Wang, in his telephone conversations with Pakistani counterpart Shan Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday, called for strengthening cooperation between the two countries to deal with the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
“As important neighbors of Afghanistan and responsible countries in the region, under the current circumstances, China and Pakistan must strengthen communication and coordination and play a constructive role in supporting Afghanistan’s stable transition and maintaining regional peace and stability,” Wang said to Qureshi.
“We must encourage all Afghan parties to strengthen solidarity and establish a new, comprehensive and inclusive political structure that is appropriate to Afghan national conditions and supported by the Afghan people,” the Chinese government said in a statement. The State Department here on Thursday quoted Wang as saying.
“We must support Afghanistan in its determined fight against terrorism, and Afghanistan must not become again a meeting place for terrorism,” he said.
Qureshi downplayed growing concerns, both in Afghanistan and abroad, about the Taliban takeover, saying it has not led to any bloodshed so far.
“Afghanistan needs a political settlement through negotiations in the future. The takeover of Kabul by the Afghan Taliban has not caused any bloodshed or casualties at the moment. The domestic situation in Afghanistan is moving towards stability and people’s lives are gradually returned to normal.” he was quoted in the statement of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said Friday, while answering questions from official media about whether China would recognize “Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan,” as announced by his spokesman, that Beijing has a broadly representative government in Kabul.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, announced in a tweet on Thursday the creation of a new state, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, according to Chinese official media reports.
In response, Hua said: “We have taken note of the statement by the Afghan Taliban. We have also noticed that parties in Afghanistan are still discussing the future political framework.”
“China’s stance on the Afghan issue is clear and consistent. We hope that Afghanistan will gradually become open and inclusive and have a broadly representative government, adopt moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policies and meet the aspirations of its people and the expectations of the international community”.
When asked whether China will accept Afghans currently trying to flee Kabul, Hua said the civil war in Afghanistan must be prevented.
She said that under the current circumstances, the top priority for the international community is to help and encourage various factions and ethnic groups in Afghanistan to strengthen solidarity, find an open and inclusive political framework that is accepted by the Afghan people. and in accordance with the interests of the people and national circumstances and achieved a smooth political transition as quickly as possible.
“Efforts must be made to prevent another internal war, humanitarian disasters and unnecessary casualties and to avoid causing a large number of refugees. This is the fundamental way out of the issue,” she said.
“We believe that it is of the utmost importance in Afghanistan at this time for the international community to work together to help all factions in the country engage in dialogue and communication so that no civil war or humanitarian disaster breaks out and in the avoid unnecessary casualties or the result of large-scale refugees as much as possible,” Hua said.
“That is the fundamental way out of the problem, so the immediate task is to support all factions and ethnic groups in the country to unite and find an open and inclusive political structure that is in line with national realities,” he said. they.
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