Taliban seek support of China for expanding footprint in Afghanistan | World News

With frontline Taliban chief Mullah Baradar Akhund meeting Chinese overseas minister Wang Yi on July 27, the conservative Sunni Islamist group is searching for support of Beijing to increase its footprint in Afghanistan after assuring the middle-kingdom that Afghanistan underneath Taliban won’t enable its territory for use by terrorists to focus on any third nation. The assurance was given by Mullah Barader as Beijing is anxious that Uighur extremist motion might get shelter in Emirate of Afghanistan by way of the Wakhan hall.

Mullah Baradar travelled to China for two days as the pinnacle of a high-ranking delegation of 9 individuals and held separate conferences with Wang, China’s deputy overseas minister and Chinese particular consultant for Afghanistan, the Taliban mentioned in an announcement.

“The meetings focused on political, economic and security issues related to the two countries, the current situation in Afghanistan and the peace process,” the assertion added.

By reassuring Beijing that it’ll not enable the Afghan territory for use towards any third nation, the Taliban try to allay international fears that Pakistan-based terror teams and pan-Islamic teams like Al Qaeda won’t use the civilian strife in Afghanistan to ascertain terror coaching camps for concentrating on international locations against radical Islam. During its first time period in energy between 1996-2001, the Taliban gave shelter to majority of pan-Islamic terrorist teams like Al Qaeda, Harkat-ul-Ansar, HuJI Bangladesh, held coaching camps for Pakistan-based teams like Lashkar-e-Taiba and nearly sponsored international jihad all over the world.

The Taliban delegation additionally thanked China for its continued cooperation with the individuals of Afghanistan, particularly its continued cooperation in the combat towards the coronavirus illness (Covid-19).

According to Afghanistan watchers, the Taliban, with support of their handlers Pakistan, are searching for assurance from China to assist them set up an emirate in Afghanistan lest US has second ideas on the Sunni group after reviews of giant numbers of civilian casualties.

The US has already declared that it’ll go away Afghanistan on August 31. “While Pakistan is trying to leverage its influence on Taliban to get close to revive its ties with the US, the Sunni Islamist group is piggybacking on Islamabad to strengthen its ties with China. The Chinese, on their part, are looking towards expanding the Belt and Road initiative into Afghanistan and thereon to Central Asia for taking a grip on bilateral trade with Afghanistan and exploiting resources like coal, copper and iron ore in that country,” mentioned diplomats primarily based in US and India.

China desires to make use of Afghanistan as a path to Central Asian republics of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

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