China Says What It Thinks About Afghanistan

China Says What It Thinks About Afghanistan

Eleven issues were brought to light by the Chinese Embassy in Kabul, which explained China’s perspective with regard to Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued by the embassy, the primary point is that China respects Afghanistan’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Additionally, China respects the independent decisions made by the Afghan people and respects Afghanistan’s religious beliefs and national customs. According to the statement, China “never interferes in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, and never seeks selfish interests in Afghanistan.”

The statement gives ten more points:  

  1. Supporting moderate and prudent governance in Afghanistan.  
  2. Supporting peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan.  
  3. Supporting Afghanistan in countering terrorism resolutely and forcefully.  
  4. Calling for greater bilateral and multilateral counter-terrorism cooperation. 
  5. Working together to fight terrorism, separatism and extremism in Afghanistan. 
  6. Urging the US to live up to its commitments and responsibilities to Afghanistan.  
  7. Opposing external interference and infiltration in Afghanistan.  
  8. Strengthening international and regional coordination on the Afghan issue.  
  9. Facilitating solution to Afghanistan’s humanitarian and refugee issues. 
  10. Supporting Afghanistan’s fight against narcotics.

In their statement, they emphasized the importance of the interim Afghan administration upholding the fundamental rights and interests of all Afghan people “including women, children, and all ethnic groups.”

The statement indicates that China will “do its best” to continue assisting Afghanistan with its reconstruction and development efforts, as well as to support steady growth in economic, trade, and investment ties.

According to the statement, “China welcomes Afghanistan’s participation in Belt and Road cooperation and supports Afghanistan’s integration into regional economic cooperation and connectivity.” This will allow Afghanistan to transition from a land-locked country to a land-linked country.

In addition, the statement voiced its concerns on the presence of the “East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM),” claiming that the group represents a significant risk to the national security of China, Afghanistan, and the surrounding area. The resolution expressed the hope that “Afghanistan will fulfill its commitment in earnest and take more effective measures to crack down on all terrorist forces.”

It was urged that Afghanistan should be assisted in taking comprehensive measures to address both the symptoms and underlying causes of terrorism, as well as to “prevent the country from once again becoming a safe haven, breeding ground, and source of terrorism.”

The United States was singled out for criticism in the statement as well: “It is a widely held view in the international community that, by seizing Afghanistan’s overseas assets and imposing unilateral sanctions, the United States, which was the country that created the Afghan issue in the first place, is the biggest external factor that hinders substantive improvement in the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.”

“The United States should draw lessons from what happened in Afghanistan, face squarely the grave humanitarian, economic, and security risks and challenges in Afghanistan, immediately lift its sanctions, return the Afghan assets located overseas, and deliver its pledged humanitarian aid to meet the emergency needs of the Afghan people,” reads the statement. “The United States should face squarely the grave humanitarian, economic, and security risks and challenges in Afghanistan.”

According to the statement, the nations in the area are of the opinion that the “enormous losses and pain” that have been inflicted on Afghanistan over the past 20 years have been caused by the military meddling and “democratic transformation” that has been carried out by external forces in Afghanistan.

According to the statement, “under the new circumstances,” Afghanistan should not be used as a stage for geopolitical games but rather as a platform for cooperation among diverse stakeholders.

In addition, China promised to provide support for the Afghan refugees through both bilateral and multilateral lines of communication.

“China looks forward to and supports more concrete actions by Afghanistan to counter narcotics cultivation, production, and illicit trafficking,” the statement said. “China will work with the international community to help Afghanistan with alternative development and crackdown on cross-border drug-related crimes,” the statement continued. This was done in order to eliminate the source of narcotics in the region.