China has not yet formally recognized the Taliban government. But in Afghanistan they are making their mark. At a time when the US and other Western countries are focused on the Ukraine war, China has begun to consolidate the Taliban’s power in Afghanistan.
China recently held a meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbors in its city of Tunxi. It was attended by the foreign ministers of Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In the meeting, China appealed for humanitarian assistance from Afghanistan.
Observers say China aims to halt the spread of terrorist groups, particularly the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), into Afghanistan. Even before this, the terrorist organization has carried out terrorist activities in Xinjiang province of China. China’s aim is not to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, but to ensure that no terrorist crosses the border into its territory.
Taliban happy with China
Abdul Ghani, a political critic living in Herat, Afghanistan, told the Asia Times that China was doing everything possible to present a good image of the Taliban. As long as they help the Taliban stay in power, they will have no complaints against China.
He further said that as a political party, the Taliban wants a regime with no opposition. In this context, he sees China as the most suitable country. Which will help him to set up such a system.