China Strengthens Relationship With Taliban As US Withdraws From Afghanistan

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As the United States moves forward with their withdrawal from Afghanistan, a new relationship is forming, a far more concerning one.

China-Taliban Alliance

A new relationship seems to be forming between China and the Taliban. The Foreign Minister from China met with officials from the Taliban.

On the ministry’s site Wang Yi is pictured with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Tianjin. The meeting had a mix of friendship and diplomacy all wrapped into one.

Addressing the meeting, Yi said that the Chinese honorsAfghan;s independence and integrity. He also said they would uphold the non-interference rules regarding Afghanistan.

He also had sharp criticism for the US withdrawal process. He said NATO and the US withdrawal  “reveals the failure of America’s policies and offers the Afghan people an important opportunity to stabilize and develop their own country.”

China did not have a set agenda for meeting with the Taliban though it’s known that they want to push for peace in the area.

Sharing a Border

While it may be small, Afghanistan and China share a border in a remote valley. It has always been an area of concern for China that the Taliban could make it into the Xinjiang area, a region with a volatile history.

“The Taliban are a pivotal military and political force in Afghanistan and are expected to play an important role in the in process of peace, reconciliation and reconstruction.” 

Wang Yi

Yi wants the Taliban to take peace for the country and its people seriously. He hopes that they will move to establish unity among their people.

He also wants the Turkistan Islamic Movement to be stopped. China believes the group is trying to stir things up in Xinjiang.

With the delegates from the Taliban, the leader of the Taliban Religious Council and the Propaganda Committee came.

US Withdrawal

The United States plans to be out of Afghanistan by Aug. 31. China has always hated having the United States stationed in their backyard. So they are thrilled that the troops are withdrawing.

Pakistan’s leaders also visited China before their visit from the Taliban. Pakistan plays a crucial role in peace in Afghanistan.

Though the United States did not get an invite, meetings between the United States, Russia, and China have taken place to get the Taliban into peace talks. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman had a meeting with Yi in Tianjin to discuss the area.

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