Washington earlier said it was disappointed by Russia and China’s abstentions during a UN Security Council vote on a resolution calling on the Taliban* to ensure a safe departure from Afghanistan.
On 30 August, the diplomat noted that the international community should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan.
Last week, China’s Commerce Ministry announced that Beijing is ready to cooperate with the world community to facilitate the peaceful rebuilding of Afghanistan. The ministry’s spokesman stressed that trade between China and Afghanistan totalled $550 million in 2020. During the first half of this year, trade increased by 44% year-on-year to $310 million, according to the ministry.
Following the 15 August takeover of Kabul, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Afghanistan. Both presidents stressed the importance of prioritising “reaching peace as soon as possible” in the country and not letting “instability spread” to neighbouring states.
Notably, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on 17 August that Beijing was willing to cooperate with the United States on…