Published by: Surendra Joshi
Updated Sat, 10 Jul 2021 10:13 PM IST
After the withdrawal of American troops, the Taliban, which is becoming powerful in Afghanistan, has captured a large part of the country. Now he has also announced friendly relations with China.
Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks
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China worried about Uighur terrorists
Uighur Islamic extremists have become a major cause of concern for the Chinese government. The Taliban are trying to establish control over more and more territory in war-torn Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of US troops. At the same time, China has been worrying that Afghanistan will become the center of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) under Taliban rule, a separatist organization and terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. Countries like India, China, and Russia are worried about the re-dominance of Taliban and associated terrorist groups in Afghanistan. Taliban have nexus with Pakistan.
Xinjiang is adjacent to Afghanistan
Resource-rich Xinjiang shares a nearly 80-km-long border with Afghanistan. However, downplaying China’s concerns, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said that they see China as a friend of Afghanistan and look forward to talking to Beijing about investing in the reconstruction work as soon as possible.
Uighur fighters sought asylum
Suhail said the Taliban would not allow Chinese Uighur separatist fighters to enter the country. In fact, some of them had sought asylum in Afghanistan in the past. The spokesman said the Taliban would prevent al-Qaeda or any other terrorist organization from operating there. Suhail told Hong Kong newspaper ‘South China Morning Post’ that we have good relations with China.
China’s eyes on Afghanistan’s minerals
It is noteworthy that China is looking to invest extensively in Afghanistan, as it has the world’s largest reserves of unexploited copper, coal, iron, gas, cobalt, mercury, gold, lithium and thorium.