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Some Western media retailers have not too long ago paid shut consideration to the interactions between China and the Taliban. Radio France Internationale (RFI) Chinese language on Sunday revealed an article saying some observers have observed the Chinese language authorities’s distinctive stance over the Taliban: Whereas China is combating towards Islamist extremist forces at dwelling, it’s accommodating and tolerating the Taliban.
Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Area suffered hundreds of terrorist assaults between 1990 and 2016, which gravely impaired social safety and was detrimental to the life and property of individuals of all ethnic teams within the area. China’s decisive actions have been taken towards terrorist forces in Xinjiang, as an alternative of Islam.
The rhetoric that China is accommodating and tolerating the Taliban is groundless as properly. Because the state of affairs in Afghanistan adjustments, most international locations are involved that the Taliban can be a significant pressure affecting the peace and reconciliation course of in Afghanistan. China’s interplay with the Taliban is similar as that of different international locations, in a bid to advertise the nation’s peace course of and obtain peace and stability in the entire area.
“What the Chinese language authorities has focused in Xinjiang is terrorist forces. Its exchanges with the Taliban are part of China’s diplomacy. It has nothing to do with faith or ethnicity. The rhetoric by RFI is completely a so-called straw man argument. It makes an attempt to impress dissatisfaction and hatred of the worldwide group, particularly the Islamic world, towards China. That is one other embodiment of how some Western media retailers have been distorting, smearing, and slandering China’s insurance policies on Xinjiang,” Qian Feng, director of the analysis division on the Nationwide Technique Institute at Tsinghua College, informed the World Instances on Sunday.
The Taliban’s spokesperson Suhail Shaheen stated in early July that the group sees China as a “buddy” to Afghanistan, in line with the South China Morning Submit. This has additionally drawn broad consideration from Western media. “They purpose why they’re involved about China’s interactions with the Taliban is as a result of they fear that China will broaden its affect in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal, and even fill the ability vacuum left within the nation, after which change the US in Afghanistan,” Qian famous.
Afghanistan is considered one of China’s necessary neighboring international locations. Its stability is of nice significance to China’s pivotal pursuits. As a accountable main energy, China has all alongside actively supported the peace course of in Afghanistan and been making efforts on this regard.
China might be very prudent and doesn’t try to broaden its affect. China is just not going to fill the ability vacuum left by the withdrawal of US troops, which forcibly invaded Afghanistan with an bold try to reshape Afghanistan.
China’s positioning as a pleasant neighboring nation to Afghanistan is not going to change, nor will the nation change the essential precept of non-interference in Afghanistan’s inside affairs. Beijing will solely present needed assist with its capabilities, and can by no means pursue to dominate Kabul.
US President Joe Biden on July 8 stated the US would withdraw its forces from Afghanistan by August 31. The state of affairs in Afghanistan has entered a essential stage. The US and its NATO allies are to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan in an irresponsible method, creating safety black gap within the nation.
What the worldwide group, particularly the US and Western international locations, ought to do in the mean time is to discover how you can guarantee the peace and stability of Afghanistan in addition to the entire area, somewhat than groundlessly hype China’s “consideration” in Afghanistan, drive a wedge between China and the Islamic world, or see China’s strikes in Afghanistan in a zero-sum mindset.