China on Thursday voiced concern over America’s determination to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by September, saying the US ought to accommodate the authentic safety issues of the regional international locations to forestall “terrorist forces” from profiting from the chaos in Afghanistan.
Beijing additionally slammed Washington for linking the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan to focus extra on the threats posed by China, saying the struggle in opposition to terrorism is within the widespread curiosity of all events, together with the 2 international locations.
“The current security situation in Afghanistan is still complex and grim and the problem of terrorism is far from being solved. Foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan should withdraw in a responsible and orderly manner to ensure a smooth transition in Afghanistan and to avoid terrorist forces from taking advantage of chaos,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian advised a media briefing right here whereas responding to questions on US troops pullout plan.
“The US is the biggest external factor affecting the issue of Afghanistan… It must take full responsibility for preserving the outcomes of Afghanistan’s peaceful construction and reconstruction and accommodate legitimate security concerns of the countries in the region,” he mentioned.
To a query that the US is linking its troops withdrawal to concentrate on China, Mr Zhao mentioned, “The US side links its withdrawal from Afghanistan to China’s challenge.”
“This reflects deep rooted zero-sum mind-set from the Cold War which is detrimental to mutual trust between the two countries and it is not conducive to cooperation and coordination on international and regional issues.”
“We have to emphasise that the political solution to Afghanistan and early realisation of peace and stability in the country and the fight against terrorism are in the common interest of all parties concerned, including China and the US and are also common aspiration of the international community,” he mentioned.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has mentioned that the US “will begin an orderly drawdown of the remaining forces before May 1 and plan to have all US troops out of the country before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.”
Later US President Joe Biden mentioned, “It is time to end America’s longest war. It is time for American troops to come home.”
Mr Zhao additionally mentioned China will attend the UN convention on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Istanbul from Aril 20 to May four to discover a peaceable answer to Afghanistan’s civil strife.
Observers say that the US’ newest plan to hurry up the withdrawal of extra troops from Afghanistan could have troubling penalties for China.
China, whose risky Xinjiang province shares border with the Afghanistan, has been expressing concern over the US troops withdrawal regardless of its present spherical of tensions with Washington on a bunch of points together with, the US claiming genocide by China in opposition to Muslim Uygurs in Xinjiang.
China has been refuting allegations of mass detention camps and different gross human rights violations in opposition to Uygurs Muslims.
The earlier Trump administration had lifted the ban on the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), an Uygur terror outfit.
The ETIM was designated as a terrorist organisation by the UN’s 1267 counter-terrorism committee in 2002 for its alleged affiliation with Al Qaeda, the then Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.
Despite its all-weather ties with Pakistan, which holds a powerful management over the Taliban because it operates from the Pakistani territory, China’s issues stem from the experiences of regrouping of tons of of Uygur teams who labored with terror group ISIS in Syria and Afghanistan to stage assaults in Xinjiang.
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