China on Wednesday instructed a Taliban delegation that it hopes the rebel group will play a vital position within the reconstruction technique of Afghanistan within the backdrop of US forces leaving the nation.
State councillor and international minister Wang Yi urged the Taliban to crack down on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), an Islamic group it alleges is fuelling unrest and separatism in China’s Xinjiang province.
Wang met Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s political chief, in Tianjin, a metropolis some 100km from Beijing.
On his half, Baradar mentioned the Taliban is prepared to set up an inclusive political structure in Afghanistan, which protects human rights in addition to the rights and pursuits of girls and kids.
FIRST VISIT OF TOP TALIBAN LEADER TO CHINA
Baradar, who heads the Taliban’s political office in Qatar and is the lead negotiator for talks with the US, is main a nine-member Taliban delegation on a two-day go to to China.
This is the primary time a senior Taliban chief has visited China because the group launched an offensive to seize territories throughout Afghanistan, coinciding with the speedy drawdown of US and Nato forces.
Calling the Afghan Taliban a “critical military and political force in the country”, Wang mentioned the group is “expected to play an important role in the peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process of Afghanistan”.
The Chinese diplomat referred to as on the Afghan Taliban to put their nationwide pursuits “…first and foremost, hold high the banner of peace talks, establish the goal of peace, create a positive image and adopt an inclusive policy”.
China had hosted a low-profile meeting with a Taliban delegation in 2019, which met Deng Xijun, then the particular envoy for Afghanistan.
Back channel hyperlinks with the group stretch again to the early Nineties by means of Pakistan, Beijing’s “iron brother”.
The atheist Communist Party of China and the fundamentalist Taliban have little in frequent ideologically however shared mutual pursuits might type the premise of pragmatic if cautious ties.
The affect and the aftermath of the withdrawal of international forces from the war-ravaged nation, the peace course of and safety points had been mentioned through the meeting.
EAST TURKESTAN ISLAMIC MOVEMENT THREAT
“The sudden withdrawal of forces by the United States and Nato from Afghanistan marks the failure of United States’ Afghanistan policy, and Afghan people now face an important opportunity to stabilise and develop their own country,” Wang was quoted as telling Baradar in an official readout issued by the Chinese international ministry on Wednesday.
On the difficulty of ETIM, Wang mentioned he hoped the Taliban would crack down on them because it was a “direct threat to China’s national security”, in accordance to the readout.
“The ETIM, an international terrorist group listed by the UN Security Council, poses direct threats to China’s national security and territorial integrity, and it is the common responsibility of the international community to fight against it,” he mentioned.
Wang referred to as on the Taliban to draw a transparent line from “…ETIM and other terrorist groups, and resolutely and effectively crack down on them, so as to remove obstacles and create favourable conditions for regional peace, stability and development”.
China says ETIM is lively within the northwestern frontier province of Xinjiang, which has a border of about 70km with Afghanistan, and is triggering unrest within the distant area.
On his half, Baradar, as per the Chinese readout, mentioned, “China has always been a trustworthy friend of the Afghan people”.
“The Afghan Taliban, with sincerity for achieving peace, is willing to work with all parties to establish an inclusive political structure in Afghanistan that is accepted by all Afghan people and protects human rights as well as the rights and interests of women and children,” Baradar mentioned.
INVOLVEMENT OF CHINA IN AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS
Baradar added that the Taliban hoped that China can be extra concerned in Afghanistan’s peace and reconstruction course of, and play a much bigger position within the nation’s future reconstruction and financial growth.
He mentioned the Afghan Taliban would make its personal efforts in making a beneficial funding atmosphere. “Politics, economy and issues related to the security of both countries and the current situation of Afghanistan, and the peace process were discussed in the meetings,” Taliban spokesperson Mohammed Naeem tweeted.
Naeem added that the group was additionally meeting China’s particular envoy for Afghanistan and that the journey befell after an invite from the Chinese authorities. “(The) delegation assured China that they will not allow anyone to use Afghan soil against China,” Naeem mentioned. “China also reiterated its commitment of continuation of their assistance with Afghans and said they will not interfere in Afghanistan’s issues but will help to solve the problems and ensure restoration of peace in the country.”
HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN XINJIANG
It was not instantly recognized if the Afghan delegation introduced up the difficulty of human rights abuses in opposition to Muslim minorities particularly the Uighurs in Xinjiang through the meeting.
It is nonetheless probably that as the 2 sides try to build a transactional relationship – safety for China, worldwide legitimacy for the Taliban, for one, – each will strive to deftly negotiate the thorny situation of Beijing’s therapy of Muslims in Xinjiang. “We care about the oppression of Muslims, be it in Palestine, in Myanmar, or in China, and we care about the oppression of non-Muslims anywhere in the world,” a senior Taliban consultant had just lately instructed The Wall Street Journal. “But what we are not going to do is interfere in China’s internal affairs.”