UPDATED 10:52 AM PT – Thursday, September 9, 2021
The Taliban has continued to express interest in having a close relationship with China. As the Taliban makes way with preparations for its new interim government’s inauguration ceremony, China has extended its hand to the terrorist regime.
While speaking on Chinese State Media on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Taliban said the terrorist organization is extremely interested in working with China in order to rebuild Afghanistan.
“Our policy is to have a good relation with China. This is based on our policy,” said Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman.
The spokesman then said the Taliban ultimately wants for Afghanistan to be a “point of connectivity” for China and other surrounding countries.
“We want Afghanistan to be a point of connectivity and to start the phase of reconstruction in the country, the phase of economic development, rehabilitation of the country. So it is necessary that we establish stability in the country,” said Shaheen.
In a separate briefing on Wednesday, a Chinese spokesman heavily criticized the U.S.’s recent foreign policy decisions in Afghanistan. He stressed how China must stand by the Taliban and help prevent any threats that may be posed by the international community.
On September 6, Wang Wenbin stated that China’s position on the Afghan issue is consistent and clear, and it always respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/fQ4eowJcA7
— 孫松_Sun Song (@ChinaSunSong) September 6, 2021
“The 20-year-long U.S. military presence in Afghanistan is a vivid example of what consequences could be produced by wanton military interference in other countries and imposing one’s ideology and values on others,” said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Wenbin. “Afghanistan now is turning a new page in its history and it is necessary for the international community to think profoundly about how to prevent the recurrence of the tragedy in Afghanistan.”
In the meantime, China announced it’s providing Afghanistan with at least $31 million in emergency aid as the Taliban continues to rebuild the country.