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World China expects Taliban to play 'important' role in Afghan peace

03:26  30 july  2021
03:26  30 july  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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Wang said the Taliban is expected to " play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan ", according to an account of the meeting from the foreign ministry. He also said that he hoped the Taliban would crack down on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement as it was a "direct threat to China 's national security," referring to a group China says is active in the Xinjiang region in China ’s far west. The visit was likely to further cement the insurgent group's recognition on the international stage at a sensitive time even as violence increases in Afghanistan .

A spokesman said Wang Yi, China ’s foreign minister, expected the Taliban to be “a pivotal military and political force” in Afghanistan ’s reconstruction, and urged their leaders to hold peace talks. Mr. Wang also criticized NATO and the U.S. for its Afghan withdrawal.CreditCredit Li Ran/Xinhua, via Associated Press. China offered a high-profile public stage to the Taliban on Wednesday, declaring that the group rapidly retaking large parts of Afghanistan would play “an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction” of the country. Chinese officials began two days of talks

China has started talks with the Taliban as tensions mount about the future of Afghanistan following the U.S. military’s withdrawal from the country.

A Taliban delegation visited China this week, holding talks on Wednesday to discuss the rebuilding of Afghanistan and the role the Taliban will play.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with the nine Taliban representatives in the northern city of Tianjin, during which he said the Taliban is expected to "play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan," according to Reuters.

One of the chief concerns China expressed was over the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Wang cited as a "direct threat to China’s national security."

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China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan ’s war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. The militants have a political office in Qatar where peace talks are taking place and this month sent representatives to Iran where they had meetings with an Afghan government delegation. Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban ’s political office, speaks during a joint news conference in Moscow, Russia March 19, 2021.

He called the Taliban “an important military and political force in Afghanistan ”, and urged the group to make progress in peace talks. Although the US might once have fiercely resisted Chinese attempts to increase their influence inside Afghanistan , now Washington’s priority appears to be staving off a Blinken, asked during a trip to India about the Taliban ’s China visit, said a greater role for Beijing in Afghan affairs could be a “positive thing”. “Neighbouring countries of Afghanistan have an interest in the region … but no one has an interest in the region falling into an enduring civil war or the hands of

Former State Department official and United Nations adviser on Afghanistan Barnett R. Rubin believes the meeting in China was not a show of support for the Taliban but for a peaceful end to the war.

"It is an effort to use China’s influence to persuade the Taliban not to seek a military victory but to negotiate seriously for an inclusive political settlement," he told The New York Times.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that China’s interest in Afghanistan could be "positive" as it helps to build regional interest in stability.


Video: Afghan civilians prepare to fight the Taliban (Reuters)

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Wang said the Taliban is expected to “ play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan ”, according to a readout of the meeting from the foreign ministry. The Taliban has launched a flurry of offensives, taking districts and border crossings around the country while peace talks in Qatar’s capital have not made substantive progress. “(The) delegation assured China that they will not allow anyone to use Afghan soil against China ,” Naeem said.

China will not interfere in Afghanistan ’s internal affairs, he said, adding that the Taliban is expected to “ play an important role in the process of peace , reconciliation and reconstruction” of the country. While peace talks are underway between representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, they have been stalled, even as the militants have unleased offensives in Afghanistan that have won it new territory. Chinese leaders also took the opportunity to demand that the Taliban sever all ties with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Beijing has frequently blamed for

"Neighboring countries of Afghanistan have an interest in the region … but no one has an interest in the region falling into an enduring civil war or the hands of the Taliban," he told an Indian news station, according to The Guardian. "If China and other countries are working on that interest, then it’s a positive thing."

American support for Chinese interests in Afghanistan may stem from the increasingly likely collapse of the Afghan government and potential for a full-blown civil war in the country.

The Taliban has seized "momentum" with its attacks as the U.S. military continues to withdraw troops from the country – a move that several military leaders and politicians on both sides have criticized.

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Former President Trump set out a plan to withdraw troops by May, but President Biden delayed that timeline to Sept. 11 after he assumed office in 2021. The Pentagon said Thursday that the withdrawal is 95% finished and will be completed by Aug. 31.

China says Taliban expected to play 'important' Afghan peace role

  China says Taliban expected to play 'important' Afghan peace role China says Taliban expected to play 'important' Afghan peace roleNine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a two-day visit during which the peace process and security issues were discussed, a Taliban spokesperson said.

Wang said the Taliban is expected to “ play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan ”, according to an account of the meeting from the foreign ministry. He also said that he hoped the Taliban would crack down on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement as it was a The Taliban has launched a flurry of offensives, taking districts and border crossings around the country while peace talks in Qatar’s capital have not made substantive progress. “(The) delegation assured China that they will not allow anyone to use Afghan soil against China ,” Naeem said.

Wang said the Taliban is expected to “ play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan ”, according to a readout of the meeting from the foreign ministry. Wang also said that he hoped the Taliban would crack down on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement as it was a “direct threat to China ’s national security”, according to the readout, referring to a group China says The militants have a political office in Qatar where peace talks are taking place and this month sent representatives to Iran where they had meetings with an Afghan government delegation.

However, Afghanistan has struggled in the absence of support from the U.S. military. The Defense Ministry withdrew forces from seven districts as of July 5 to focus defensive efforts around some of the more critical capital provinces.

Those efforts appear to have failed, with Taliban forces reportedly taking 19 districts "without a fight," according to Ata Mohammad Noor, an Afghan warlord and key U.S. ally.

The Taliban claimed as of July 9 that it controls at least 85% of the country's territory. They have also captured several border crossings with Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, opening up potential revenues for the terrorist group and cutting key transportation routes.

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