China proposes 4-way engagement with Afghanistan


China mentioned Tuesday that Afghanistan was at a “crossroads” the place “challenges and opportunities coexist.”

State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi proposed a four-way engagement with the war-torn nation throughout a G-20 leaders’ assembly.

Wang urged serving to Afghans’ livelihoods with humanitarian assist to beat difficulties, together with meals shortages, the coronavirus pandemic and an absence of medical provides whereas stressing respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.

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Beijing already introduced $31 million in humanitarian assist to the Taliban administration given the looming humanitarian catastrophe as warned by the UN, in line with a press release by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Wang known as for “an open, inclusive path of development” in Afghanistan. “The international community should proceed from a rational and pragmatic perspective, engage in dialogue and contact with all parties in Afghanistan, support the Afghan people to independently choose a development path that suits their national conditions,” he mentioned.

He inspired extra monetary assist to alleviate poverty and infrastructure initiatives and mentioned “unilateral sanctions on Afghanistan should be lifted as soon as possible.”

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The US has frozen nearly $9 billion in Afghan reserves because the Taliban regained energy in Kabul in August after the exit of overseas forces.

Wang mentioned there must be a “zero-tolerance attitude” to make sure Afghanistan stays away from terrorism.

“It is necessary to push the relevant parties in Afghanistan to make early decisions and take concrete actions to eradicate the cancer of terrorism,” he mentioned, urging an finish to “double standards and selective anti-terrorism efforts.”

The prime Chinese diplomat mentioned the worldwide group ought to construct “consensus and promote the formation of synergy among various Afghan-related mechanisms.”

“It is necessary to maintain the status of the United Nations as the main channel for promoting peace and stability and humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan,” he mentioned.

“The G-20 should base itself on the positioning of the International Economic Cooperation Forum, focusing on gathering wisdom and promoting cooperation from the economic perspective of humanitarian assistance and peaceful reconstruction,” he added.

Italy, the present seat of the rotating G-20 presidency, convened the assembly to debate the scenario in Afghanistan. Wang addressed the assembly on behalf of Chinese President Xi Jinping as his Special Representative.

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