The Chinese foreign minister refused to answer media questions on the Taliban extending an invitation to China, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Qatar to the inauguration of the new government in Kabul.

 The spokesperson for the country’s foreign ministry, Wang Wenbin, told reporters that he has “no information to offer at this moment”.

China has kept its embassy in Kabul open, joining the leagues of countries like Russia.

“China also stands ready to continue to develop good neighbourliness, friendship and cooperation with Afghanistan and play a constructive role in Afghanistan’s peace and reconstruction,” he added.

Wenbin told reporters in late August,  “We always respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, follow the principle of non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and adhere to the friendly policy for all the Afghan people,”.

 The  foreign ministry told Reuters in August “China’s primary concern now is for the Taliban to  build an inclusive and moderate regime so that terrorism would not spill over to Xinjiang and the region. Any other calculus further to that remains to be seen”.

The official  of Beijing in regards to a Taliban government is centred around preventing cross border terrorism in its western Xinjiang region from anti Beijing East Turkestan Islamic Movement  militants, who, China fears, could seek sanctuary within Afghanistan.

To assuage China’s apprehensions Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar had assured Beijing that EITM militants will not be allowed to carry out operations on Afghan soil.

 Ghani who was on an official visit to China in July told Chinese state media that Beijing has always been a “reliable friend” and “the Afghan Taliban will never allow any force to use the Afghan territory to engage in acts detrimental to China.”


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