China calls on the international community for the Taliban
China has called on the international community to refrain from putting pressure on Afghanistan. The call comes as the Taliban has resurfaced and is about to hand over power after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Beijing has also denied using Afghanistan as a tool for self-interest.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb on Thursday. He said the international community should encourage Afghanistan to move in a positive direction without putting too much pressure. The Chinese Foreign Minister noted that such an attitude would help establish stability in Afghanistan.
The Afghan Taliban are set to begin their rule once they gain control of the country. The Western media and political analysts are particularly alarmed by this and are issuing strong warnings about possible extremist activity by the Taliban. However, the Taliban has repeatedly said it wants a peaceful transfer of power and is committed to establishing full peace and stability in the country.
In a telephone conversation with the British Foreign Secretary, the Chinese Foreign Minister added that countries around the world should refrain from using Afghanistan as a geopolitical battleground. Instead, it needs to show respect for the country's independence and the will of the people.
On the same day, Taliban spokesman Sohail Shahin told China's state-run CGTN television channel that China, a powerful Asian country, could contribute to the future development of Afghanistan.