The spokesperson of the Taliban, Suhail Shaheen has told Chinese media that the neighbouring country can contribute in developing Afghanistan after the group seized control over Kabul.
“China has played a constructive role in promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and is welcome to contribute to the rebuilding of the country,” Shaheen told CGTN television on Thursday.
He added that being a big country and a powerful economy, China could play a very big role in the rebuilding, rehabilitation, reconstruction of Afghanistan.
In the last week of July, China had hosted a Taliban delegation in the port city of Tianjin. During the meeting, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the Taliban that China was expecting an important role and moderate Islamist policy from them in developing Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the foreign minister expressed hopes that the Taliban would crack down on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM)–a separatist group largely comprising members of ethnic Uighurs in China’s western region of Xinjiang.
However, China had concerns that Taliban-controlled Afghanistan would be used to harbour such separatist forces, based on their common Islamist believes.
According to political analysts, the Taliban may not hesitate to trust China and the cooperation will stand longer as China has not fought in or invaded Afghanistan unlike the United States and Russia.
It is important to note that the current developments between the neighbouring countries emerge as the US blocked the new Afghan regime from accessing millions of dollars from International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In his recent interview, the US President Joe Biden said that he did not think the group had changed its fundamental beliefs. “Do they want to be recognised by the international community as being a legitimate government? I’m not sure they do,” he added while referring it as Taliban’s existential crisis.
Earlier, 18 members of the US Congress had urged the concerned authorities to make sure that “nearly half a billion dollars in unconditional liquidity” does not go “to a regime with a history of supporting terrorist actions against the United States and her allies”.
Moreover, the United Nation, in its recent intelligence report, has warned that the Taliban are conducting ‘targeted door-to-door visits’ to find people who worked with US and NATO force.
However, in their first official news conference, the Taliban announced amnesty for everyone while ensuring their commitments to women’s rights and friendly relations with the international community.