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Taliban Pledge to Defend China’s Interests in Afghanistan

Talibanes se comprometen a defender los intereses de China en Afganistán

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The deputy director of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, Abdul Salam Hanafi, assured Thursday that his group “will never allow anyone to use Afghanistan to threaten China’s interests” during a call with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao, Chinese media report.

Hanafi assured that the Islamist group is willing to “continue to develop friendly relations with China,” according to a statement from the Asian power’s Foreign Ministry.

Wu told Hanafi that China has always “respected the sovereignty and independence” of Afghanistan, whose people now “have their own destiny in their own hands.”

As well as ensuring the security of Chinese institutions and citizens in the Central Asian country, Hanafi described China as “a friend on whom Afghanistan can rely.”

In late July, prior to the Taliban takeover of Kabul, a delegation of representatives of the group met in China with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who described the Taliban as a “crucial military and political force” in Afghanistan.

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More recently, after the American withdrawal from the country, the Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed its hope that the Taliban would form an “Islamic, but open and inclusive” government and “play a constructive role” in the Central Asian country, which would have entered a “new starting point.”

China and Afghanistan share a 60-kilometer border in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, which is inhabited in part by several ethnic groups of Mohammedan faith.

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