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Taliban Leaders Meets with China’s Foreign Minister

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  • China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in China this week. Nine other Taliban leaders traveled for the meeting as well.
  • Yi described the Taliban as a major force in Afghanistan, and hoped that they would lead the “peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process” of the country. Yi also reiterated China’s policy of “non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.”
  • The Taliban is in control of a large part of Afghanistan, which is increasing now that the United States’ has withdrawn the majority of troops from the region. China’s meeting signifies the extremist groups’ presence as a major political force.
  • China stated that the United States’ withdrawal of troops was a failure of US policy, while also being an opportunity for the stabilization and progression of Afghanistan by its own people.
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that China’s relationship with the Taliban is beneficial if indeed the purpose is for a “peaceful resolution of the conflict” and an inclusive government.
  • Taliban recently admitted to killing Nazar Mohammad, an Afghan comic who posted comedic content on TikTok. His disturbing killing was spread on social media.
  • Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have been significantly higher this year than in years prior, amidst US troop withdrawal and the new offense launched by the Taliban.

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/29/china/china-taliban-tianjin-afghanistan-intl-hnk/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58007517

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/29/afghanistan-pariah-state-taliban-blinken-china

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