China Urges World to Stop Putting Pressure on Afghanistan, Guide it Through Power Transition

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The Taliban’s* successful takeover of the power vacuum left by the fugitive president Ghani on Sunday has sparked a media and political whirlwind in the West, with strong warnings about the ramifications of a resurgent Taliban rule for Afghanistan and other countries.

China urges the international community to refrain from putting pressure on Afghanistan during its ongoing power transition, as well as from using it as a score-settling battleground, the country’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday during a phone call with his UK counterpart, Dominic Raab.

Moreover, according to Wang, under the basis of non-interference in its internal affairs, China is willing to continue to “play a constructive role on the Afghan issue.”

The foreign minister underlined that with the insurgent group’s coming to power, the situation in the war-torn country remains unstable and uncertain.

According to China’s top diplomat, the international community “should fully respect the independence and sovereignty of Afghanistan and the will of the people, engage in more dialogue and guidance,” rather than using it as a geopolitical battleground.

Raab reiterated his country’s commitment to accommodate 20,000 Afghan refugees on its soil, increase humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and help the UN in aiding the neighboring countries’ reception of additional refugees.

Although China has not formally…

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