- Taliban welcomes Chinese dragon as its ‘friend’ in Afghanistan
- Taliban says it wants to discuss Chinese investment in Afghanistan’s reconstruction
- Taliban spokesman claimed that his group now controls 85 percent of the area
The Taliban have welcomed China, which is eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral wealth of one trillion dollars, as its ‘friend’. The Taliban also said that it wants to negotiate China’s investment in the reconstruction of Afghanistan at the earliest. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen claimed that his group now controls 85 percent of the country’s territory. Shaheen, while supporting China on the Uyghur Muslims, said that we will not give refuge to the anti-Dragon Uyghur fighters in our country.
Suhail Shaheen said that he guarantees the safety of Chinese investments and their workers if they return. Suhail Shaheen said in a conversation with This Week in Asia, ‘We welcome China. If they want to invest, we will ensure their safety. The safety of Chinese investments and their workers is of great importance to us. Suhail said the Taliban would no longer give refuge to China’s Uighur Muslim separatist fighters in their country.
‘If China invests, we will ensure its security’
Earlier, many Uyghur fighters had come to Afghanistan to seek asylum. Suhail claimed that the Taliban would prevent al-Qaeda or any other terrorist organization from operating from Afghan soil. This statement of a Taliban spokesman comes at a time when Taliban fighters are moving very fast in the northern region of the country amid the withdrawal of US troops. US intelligence organizations predict that the Afghan government in Kabul may fall within just 6 months of the withdrawal of American troops and after about 20 years, the Taliban can once again take over the power of Afghanistan.
Suhail Shaheen said that after the withdrawal of American troops, it is necessary that necessary talks be held with China, which is the biggest investor in Afghanistan. He said, ‘We have good relations with China. China is a friendly country and we welcome China’s reconstruction and development work in Afghanistan. If China invests, we will ensure its safety.
A trillion dollar wealth is hidden in Afghanistan
Afghanistan has one of the world’s largest reserves of copper, coal, iron, gas, cobalt, mercury, gold, lithium and thorium. Their total value is estimated to be around one trillion dollars. In 2011, the Chinese company got contracts worth $ 400 million for three oil fields. China also got the right to excavate copper in Logar province. It is just 40 km away from Kabul.
China urges Pakistan on Afghanistan
China has urged Pakistan to step up cooperation to deal with the security threats posed by US and NATO troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and the Taliban. China has also advocated a “tripartite cooperation” between Beijing, Islamabad and Kabul. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post news, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “China, together with Pakistan, wants to extend support to all parties to find a political solution through dialogue in Afghanistan, and promote coordination and long-term cooperation between communities.” Willing to work for peace.
Wang made the statement on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Pakistan. “(China and Pakistan) should together protect regional peace,” he said. The problems in Afghanistan are practical challenges that both China and Pakistan are facing. “Strengthening dialogue between countries that have an interest in it can control the indirect effects of security threats in Afghanistan and prevent the escalation of international and regional terrorism, thereby maintaining regional stability,” the minister said. Wang said the emphasis should be on strengthening “trilateral cooperation” by increasing Afghanistan’s role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.