China on Wednesday supported the Taliban’s demand that the US should unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets and said that America has no legitimate reasons to do so as the Chinese envoy to Kabul called on acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and congratulated the interim government.
Russia and China both have significant interests in Afghanistan and are well placed to step in as regional power brokers and — in the case of Beijing — investors. Yet, neither China nor Russia appear anxious to own a problem that has humbled outside powers.
The UN Security Council will meet Thursday to debate the situation in Afghanistan and how to extend the organization’s operation there, which has a mandate through September 17.
China in particular stands out for its potential ties to the new government as the Taliban have recently declared the country their “principal partner”. On September 8, 2021, China gave the government $31 million in emergency aid.
China is eyeing the former US airbase of Bagram in Afghanistan in order to expand its influence in the region and embarrass America. Paul D Shinkman, writing in US News said that China has secured friendly relations with the new Taliban government in Afghanistan and is now considering new ways to expand influence and embarrass …
This would also give impetus to Beijing’s wolf-warrior diplomacy centred Belt and Road Initiative, effects of which the world has already witnessed when Sri Lanka was forced to hand over its Hambantota Port to China on a 99-year lease as part of a controversial debt-swap arrangement.
China has asked it to make a “clean break” from all terrorist forces, especially the al-Qaida-backed Uyghur Muslim militant group ETIM fighting for the volatile Xinjiang province’s independence.
Nepal will procure four million doses of Vero Cell vaccines from China under a non-disclosure agreement signed between the two nations, sources said though officials from the ministry of health and population declined to comment on the issue.
Malaysia’s foreign minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Wednesday China had agreed to contribute 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines made by Sinovac BioTech to the Southeast Asian country.