Afghanistan is experiencing a catastrophic war, with widespread hunger and the threat of an economic collapse. Hoping for Beijing to rebuild Kabul and exploit its rich copper deposits, the Afghan Taliban declared China as its “most important partner”.
Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid announced the group’s support for, China’s One Belt One Road initiative, which is aimed at linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe, through an evident network of ports, Railways Roads and industrial Park.
Mujahid was reported saying to an Italian newspaper, “China is our most important partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us because it is ready to invest and rebuild our country”, quotes Geo news.
“There are rich copper mines in the country, which, thanks to China can be put back into operation and modernized. In addition, China is our pass to markets all over the world”, he said.
China endorsing a positive Outlook towards Taliban, hopes that the group will keep a moderate and pragmatic domestic and foreign policies, combat terrorism, maintain harmonious relationships with other countries, and stand up to the expectations of Afghanis and international community.
China assured Afghanistan that the former respects its sovereignty and will follow the principle of non-interference and friendship with the “ entire Afghan people”. On Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that, “facts show that in realizing economic development we need an open inclusive political structure, implementation of moderate foreign and domestic policies and clean break from terrorist groups in all forms”.
On the relations with Russia, Zabihullah Mujahid expressed that , “ the Taliban also view Russia as an important partner in the region and will maintain good relations with the Moscow”.
On 15 August 2021, the militant group grabbed control of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Abandoning the country, amid fears of economic collapse and widespread hunger, the last batch of foreign troops left the country on 31 August, bringing to close the 20-years of War.
The western states constrained themselves from making any huge aid payments to Kabul, following their departure.
As suffering poured in on Afghanis due to severe draught and war, thousands of families can be seen fleeing their houses. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, warned earlier this week of a emerging “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan and requested countries for emergency funding for the nation in trouble.
Mr. Guterres expressed his “grave concern at the deepening humanitarian and economic crisis in the country” and supplemented his words by adding that, “basic services threatened to collapse completely”.
Taliban aims at a formal government structure, which as per them is at verge of formation, amid fears of an economic collapse and widespread hunger.