US troops withdrawal: China appoints new particular envoy to Afghanistan amid deepening Afghan disaster

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced

2021-07-21 23:41:19

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced
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Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian introduced the alternative of its particular envoy to Afghanistan amid Afghan disaster.

China on Wednesday introduced that it has changed its particular envoy to Afghanistan amid rising concern over the antagonistic influence of the withdrawal of US troops from the war-torn nation on the risky Xinjiang province which faces safety threats from Uyghur Muslim militants.

Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian introduced that the current particular envoy Liu Jian to Afghanistan might be changed by former China’s Ambassador to Qatar, Jordan, and Eire, Yue Xiao Yong.

Liu has served as China’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Malaysia, and Pakistan earlier than he was appointed as particular envoy to Afghanistan early final yr.

Saying the brand new appointment, Zhao mentioned now that the Afghan concern is in focus for the worldwide neighborhood, China attaches excessive significance to communication and coordination with all related events and can proceed to play a constructive position for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Yue will “set up working relationships with colleagues somewhat than events and keep shut communication and coordination”, he mentioned with out elaborating.

The brand new appointment adopted China stepping up its diplomatic engagement in Afghanistan following the announcement by the Biden administration to withdraw US troops by August.

Zhao additionally condemned the rocket assault on the presidential palace in Kabul.

“China expresses its sturdy condemnation of the assault, we firmly oppose any type of violence and radicalization,” he mentioned.

“We proceed to firmly assist the Afghan authorities and the folks of their fights towards terrorism, their efforts in safeguarding nationwide peace and stability. China is able to work with the worldwide neighborhood to assist Afghanistan to realize peace at an early date”, he mentioned.

No less than three rockets hit close to the presidential palace on Tuesday shortly earlier than Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was to present an tackle to mark the pageant of Eid al-Adha.

In the meantime, the Taliban has stepped up its army offensive in Afghanistan capturing border factors with Iran, Pakistan, and China amid studies that numerous militants from the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Motion, (ETIM) gathered in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province, which shares a 90-km lengthy border with Xinjiang.

Xinjiang additionally shares borders with Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Tajikistan.

China’s large crackdown in Xinjiang, which observers say has exasperated the resentment amongst native Uyghur Muslims within the province prompted the US, the EU, and worldwide human rights organizations to accuse Beijing of committing genocide there.

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Amid the Taliban positive aspects, China has already evacuated 210 of its nationals from Afghanistan just lately. Additionally in a major coverage assertion, Chinese language Overseas Minister Wang Yi has requested the Taliban to make a “clear break” with all terrorist forces.

Taliban, as a significant army drive in Afghanistan, ought to understand the obligations it bears for the nation, make a clear break with all terrorist forces and return to the mainstream of Afghan politics, Wang mentioned on July 14 at Dushanbe.

He additionally praised the Afghan authorities, which had typically accused Beijing’s shut ally Pakistan of harboring Taliban militants, saying that the federal government headed by President Ashraf Ghani has completed a variety of work for nationwide unity, social stability and enchancment of individuals’s livelihood, which needs to be justly evaluated.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen mentioned in a media interview just lately that the Taliban sees China as a “buddy” and would not enable China’s Uyghur separatist fighters from Xinjiang to function from Afghanistan.

Observers, nonetheless, mentioned China will stay skeptical concerning the Taliban. “No matter benign language the Taliban use, China stays extremely involved concerning the safety state of affairs there,” Andrew Small, a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marsh Fund mentioned. 

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