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‘Terrorist forces’ could benefit from U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: China

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Beijing slams Washington for linking the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan to focus extra on the threats posed by China

China on Thursday expressed concern over America’s determination to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by September, saying Washington ought to accommodate legit safety issues of the regional nations to forestall “terrorist forces” from taking advantage of the chaos in the war-torn country.

Beijing also slammed Washington for linking the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan to focus more on the threats posed by China, saying fight against terrorism is in the common interest of all parties including the two countries.

“The present safety state of affairs in Afghanistan continues to be complicated and grim and the issue of terrorism is much from being solved. Foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan ought to withdraw in a accountable and orderly method to make sure a easy transition in Afghanistan and to keep away from terrorist forces from profiting from chaos,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here while responding to questions on U.S. troops pullout plan.

“The U.S. is the largest exterior issue affecting the difficulty of Afghanistan… It should take full duty for preserving the outcomes of Afghanistan’s peaceable development and reconstruction and accommodate legit safety issues of the nations within the area,” he mentioned.

 

To a query that the U.S. is linking its troops withdrawal to concentrate on China, Mr. Zhao mentioned, “the U.S. side links its withdrawal from Afghanistan to China’s challenge.

“This displays deep rooted zero-sum mind-set from the Cold War which is detrimental to mutual belief between the 2 nations and it isn’t conducive to cooperation and coordination on worldwide and regional points.”

“We have to emphasize that the political answer to Afghanistan and early realisation of peace and stability within the nation and struggle towards terrorism are within the frequent curiosity of all events involved together with China and the U.S. and are additionally frequent aspiration of the worldwide group,” he said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said that the U.S. “will start an orderly drawdown of the remaining forces earlier than May 1 and plan to have all U.S. troops in a foreign country earlier than the twentieth anniversary of 9/11.” Later U.S. President Joe Biden said, “It is time to finish America’s longest conflict. It is time for American troops to come back dwelling.”

Mr. Zhao additionally mentioned China will attend the UN convention on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Istanbul from Aril 20 to May 4 to discover a peaceable answer to Afghanistan’s civil strife.

Consequences for China

Observers say that the U.S.’ newest plan to hurry up the withdrawal of extra troops from Afghanistan could have troubling penalties for China.

China, whose unstable Xinjiang province shares border with the Afghanistan, has been expressing concern over the U.S. troops’ withdrawal regardless of its present spherical of tensions with Washington on a bunch of points, together with the U.S. allegation of genocide by China towards Muslim Uygurs in Xinjiang.

China has been refuting allegations of mass detention camps and different human rights violations towards Uygurs.

The earlier Trump administration had lifted the ban on the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a Uygur militant outfit.

The ETIM was designated as a terrorist organisation by the UN’s 1267 counter-terrorism committee in 2002 for its alleged affiliation with Al-Qaida, the then al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.

Despite its all-weather ties with Pakistan, which holds a robust management over the Taliban because it operates from the Pakistani territory, China’s issues stem from the stories of regrouping of lots of of Uygur militants who labored with Islamic State in Syria in Afghanistan to stage assaults in Xinjiang.

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