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China Propose $31m Aid to Afghanistan

September 9, 2021

China has pledged $200 million Yuan ($31 million, £22 million) in aid to Afghanistan, including food and corona virus vaccines. The assistance comes as Beijing stated its willingness to maintain contact with the Taliban government. It went on to say that the formation of the new interim government was a “necessary step toward restoring order” in Afghanistan. Last week, the Taliban announced the formation of an interim cabinet, and the country was designated as an “Islamic Emirate.”

According to US President Joe Biden, the country is still a “long way” from recognizing the Taliban government. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi revealed the aid services for Afghanistan during a meeting with counterparts from several of Afghanistan’s neighbors on Wednesday, including Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. He urged these countries to work together to assist Afghanistan, adding that China would provide 3 million vaccine doses to the country.

China has also been vocal in its criticism of the US withdrawal, claiming that its troops “waged war” in Afghanistan. According to a state official, the US inflicted “serious damage on the Afghan people from the very first day of its invasion to the very last minute of its withdrawal.” “What the US has done in Afghanistan over the last two decades is a classic example of the consequences of wanton military intervention and attempts to impose one’s own ideology and values on others,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.

Taliban officials have referred to China as Afghanistan’s most important partner, and they have placed their hopes in Chinese investment and assistance in rebuilding the war-torn country. Beijing has made concerted efforts to improve relations with the Taliban. Even before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, China invited Taliban representatives for talks in July, offering economic assistance to Afghanistan while also emphasizing that the country should not be used as a testing ground for terrorists. However, Beijing has failed to sell this prudent alliance to some sections of the Chinese public who despise the Taliban.

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