China appoints new particular envoy to Afghanistan amid deepening Afghan disaster

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BEIJING: China on Wednesday introduced that it has changed its particular envoy to Afghanistan amid rising concern right here over the antagonistic influence of the withdrawal of US troops from the war-torn nation on the unstable Xinjiang province which faces safety threats from Uyghur Muslim militants.

Chinese language International Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian introduced that the current particular envoy on Afghanistan Liu Jian might be changed by former Chinese language Ambassador to Qatar, Jordan and Eire, Yue Xiao Yong.

Liu has served as China’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Malaysia and Pakistan earlier than he was appointed as particular envoy to Afghanistan early final yr.

Addressing a press briefing, Zhao mentioned now that the Afghan challenge is now the main target for the worldwide neighborhood, China attaches excessive significance to communication and coordination with all related events and can proceed to play a constructive function for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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Yue will “set up working relationships with colleagues reasonably than events and keep shut communication and coordination,” he mentioned with out elaborating.

The brand new appointment adopted China stepping up its diplomatic engagement in Afghanistan following the announcement by the Biden administration to withdraw US troops by August 31.

In the meantime, Taliban has stepped up its navy offensive in Afghanistan capturing border factors with Iran, Pakistan and China amid reviews that a lot of militants from the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Motion (ETIM) gathered in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province, which shares 90-km lengthy border with Xinjiang province.

Xinjiang additionally shares borders with Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Tajikistan.

China’s huge crackdown in Xinjiang, which observers say has exasperated the resentment amongst native Uyghur Muslims within the province prompted the US, the EU and worldwide human rights organisations to accuse Beijing of committing genocide there.

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Amid the Taliban features, China just lately evacuated 210 of its nationals from Afghanistan.

Additionally in a major coverage assertion, Chinese language International Minister Wang Yi has requested the Taliban to make a “clear break” with all terrorist forces.”

Taliban, as a serious navy drive in Afghanistan, ought to realise the duties it bears for the nation, make a clear break with all terrorist forces and return to the mainstream of Afghan politics, Wang mentioned on July 14 at Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan.

He additionally praised the Afghan authorities, which had usually accused Beijing’s shut ally Pakistan of harbouring Taliban militants, saying that the federal government headed by President Ashraf Ghani has executed loads of work for nationwide unity, social stability and enchancment of individuals’s livelihood, which ought to be justly evaluated.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen mentioned in a media interview just lately that they see China as a “good friend” and would not enable China’s Uyghur separatist fighters from Xinjiang to function from Afghanistan.

Observers, nevertheless, mentioned China will stay sceptical concerning the Taliban.

“No matter benign language the Taliban use, China stays extremely involved concerning the safety scenario there” Andrew Small, a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marsh Fund mentioned.

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