China interest in Afghanistan could be ‘positive’, says US Blinken

China interest in Afghanistan could be 'positive', says US Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked about the talks while on a visit to India. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The United States has said China’s possible involvement in Afghanistan could be “a positive thing.”

The Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this was if China was looking towards a “peaceful resolution of the conflict” and a “truly representative and inclusive” government.

Mr Blinken’s comments came after Taliban representatives visited China.

Beijing said it saw the Taliban playing an important role in rebuilding of Afghanistan and the peace process in the country.

Mr Blinken, who was asked about the talks while on a visit to India, said: “No one has an interest in a military takeover of the country by the Taliban, the restoration of an Islamic emirate.”

The US Secretary of State urged the Taliban to come to the “negotiating table… peacefully”.

On Wednesday, nine Taliban representatives had travelled to Tianjin for the talks.

The Taliban spokesperson said in a tweet that China had “reiterated its commitment of continuation of their assistance with Afghans and said they will not interfere in Afghanistan’s issues but will help to solve the problems and restoration of peace in the country.”

China’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the country would pursue a policy of “non-interference” in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

China’s statement added: “The hasty withdrawal of the United States and NATO troops from Afghanistan actually marked the failure of the US policy towards Afghanistan, and the Afghan people have an important opportunity to stabilize and develop their own country.”

As US forces are leaving Afghanistan, the Taliban taking control of large swathes of the country as well as violence has increased significantly.

The high-level meeting in China indicates the Taliban is being recognised on an international stage as a major political force.

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