Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with senior Taliban leaders in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on Wednesday, July 28, in what was seen as a significant step in the new alliance between the communist regime and the resurgent Islamist group that seeks to rule Afghanistan following the confirmation of the departure of U.S. troops.
According to official reports, Wang Yi held a meeting with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the group’s political committee. Baradar was accompanied by the heads of the Taliban’s religious and publicity committees.
Before the meeting, China’s Foreign Ministry said it hoped the Taliban would play an essential role in the “peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process.”
Following the announcement of the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban have rapidly expanded their presence and now control large swaths of the country. The speed at which Afghan security forces have lost control to the Taliban has shocked many and raised concerns that Kabul may be the next to fall.
The Taliban are now seeking international “legitimacy” as they are poised to retake the entire country’s power through military force, particularly the Afghan capital of Kabul, which U.S. intelligence recently admitted could be just six months away.
Al Jazeera media, in covering the story, also commented on this question of legitimacy, saying:
“Wednesday’s meeting in the Chinese city of Tianjin, which Taliban spokesman Mohammed Naeem said was at the invitation from Chinese authorities, was widely seen as a gift from Beijing towards that legitimacy.”
The Chinese communist regime is flaunting its intervention in Afghanistan as a supposed mission to bring peace and reconciliation to its complex social fabric. In parallel, it has announced the extension of its “Belt and Road” economic corridor right through its territory, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Following the U.S. troop withdrawal announcement in Afghanistan, the Chinese regime announced a $62 billion investment plan in the war-torn country.
The new multi-billion dollar deal between China and the Kabul authorities is looking at extending an economic corridor between China and Pakistan by building a major highway linking Afghanistan and the city of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. The mega strategic infrastructure project reportedly aims to see its completion by 2049.
According to reports, the Chinese regime has repeatedly shown its interest in investing in Afghanistan, but the U.S. presence has always impeded finalizing the deals.
The other obstacle that the regime had to overcome to reach agreements with the Afghan government is the Taliban. They have now agreed to a meeting with Chinese authorities where progress was probably made in this aspect.
Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping launched the ambitious “Belt and Road” (BRI) infrastructure development project in 2013 to better connect China to the rest of the world and achieve global dominance.
Generally, the CCP gets control of infrastructure works for the benefit of its economy. Jobs go to Chinese workers and subcontracting to companies linked to the regime. It also offers gigantic loans to countries that ‘welcome’ it, to gain ground in their control.