o, it turns out that a Taliban delegation recently visited China for talks with Chinese officials.
It’s not clear where or when this meeting happened or who was involved on the Chinese side but Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang confirmed on Thursday that China did recently host a delegation led by Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the founders of the Taliban who currently heads the organization’s diplomatic office in Doha, Qatar.
Lu said that at the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on “Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process, counter-terrorism and other issues of mutual interest.”
Head of the #Taliban's political office in Doha, together with his assistants, visited China, and exchanged views with Chinese officials on issues pertaining to peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism: Chinese FM pic.twitter.com/pArJwBp4ln
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 21, 2019
China’s far-western region of Xinjiang shares a border with Afghanistan and Beijing has long been concerned that terrorist violence, equipment, and influence will spill across the Wakhan Corridor.
Lu added that China had been closely following the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban has been fighting for years to overthrow the US-backed government in Kabul, and has been making “constructive efforts” towards peace in the country.
“We support intra-Afghan dialogue and broad, inclusive peace and reconciliation that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned,” Lu said. “For the early realization of peace, reconciliation, stability, and development in Afghanistan, China will continue to conduct talks and coordination with relevant parties through various means.