Taliban spokesman says that China will maintain Afghan embassy and 'beef up' relationship

Friday's Taliban statement stated that China had pledged to keep Afghanistan's embassy open.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, said that China is the country's most important partner.

China has called the US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan "hurried"

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According to a Guardian report, the Taliban said Friday that China had pledged to keep its Embassy in Afghanistan open and improve relations with Afghanistan. This week, US troops left Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of military presence.

Suhail Shaheen spoke for the Islamist militia and said that Wu Jianghao, the Chinese deputy foreign minister, informed a senior Taliban official in Qatar that Beijing wanted to increase humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.

Shaheen stated that the Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister had said they would keep their embassy in Kabul and that our relations would improve as compared with the past. "Afghanistan could play an important part in the security and development of this region."

He said, "China will continue and increase its humanitarian aid especially for COVID-19 treatment."

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, spoke Thursday about potential Chinese investment in Afghanistan.

According to the South China Morning Post, China is our most important partner. It is willing to invest in and rebuild our country.

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The Islamist militia was created to shift from an insurgency to become a governing force after Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, fell to the Taliban on August 15.

China criticised the US' "hurried withdrawal" from Afghanistan last month, but stated that it would be open for talks with Washington leaders to prevent a humanitarian crisis.

China's state broadcaster CCTV reports that Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, told Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, that using force and military methods to solve problems will only increase them.

He said, "The lessons from this merit serious reflection. ... The United States can't on the one hand actively seek out China's suppression and harm and on the opposite hope for China to cooperate.

Although the Chinese Embassy in Kabul is still open, the country has evacuated Chinese citizens from Afghanistan because of changes in Afghanistan's political situation.