China Increases Humanitarian Aid in Afghanistan
September 3, 2021
According to a Taliban narrator, China has continued to keep its embassy in Afghanistan open and to increase humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country. Abdul Salam Hanafi, a member of the group’s political office in Doha, Qatar, “held a conversation on the phone with Wu Jianghao, Deputy Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China,” according to narrator Suhail Shaheen on Twitter.
“The Chinese deputy foreign minister stated that the Chinese embassy in Kabul would be maintained, and that our relations would be strengthened in comparison to the past. Afghanistan can play a significant role in the region’s peace and development”. “China will also keep going and expand its humanitarian support, particularly for the treatment of Covid-19”.
Much of the world has taken a cautious approach strategy for dealing with the Taliban as they transition from militant group to ruling power. However, China has frequently criticized the US for what it sees as a preemptive and inadequately withdrawal from Afghanistan, and has stated that it is ready to intensify “peaceful and friendly” relations with the Taliban following their takeover.
Even though China’s embassy in Kabul is still open, Beijing began evicting Chinese citizens from the country months ago as security worsened. However, Beijing has yet to identify the Taliban as the ruling power and is extremely cautious of the group’s support for Uighur separatists attempting to penetrate its sensitive border region of Xinjiang. Analysts believe that a secure and supportive administration in Kabul would lead the road for Beijing to expand its overseas connectivity move.
Meanwhile, the Taliban may regard China as a critical source of financing and economic aid. Chinese firms have also been looking to pick up Afghanistan’s vast copper and lithium mines, but analysts think the country’s volatile security situation makes an immediate commodities rush unlikely.