Addressing a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart in Islamabad, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called upon the international community to support Afghanistan on Friday.
The Chinese diplomat called for assistance in establishing good governance, a peace negotiation process with all armed factions including the Taliban, and support for the revival of Afghanistan’s economic and social life. China has assumed a larger role in Afghanistan, in particular negotiations with Pakistan and the Taliban, since the NATO combat mission ended in December of 2014.
The Chinese Foreign Minister called on the world community to respect Afghanistan’s territorial integrity, national sovereignty and continue to support it as it continues to face the challenges ahead. Minister Wang Yi said that the Chinese government is ready to support Afghanistan in the peace negotiation process with militant groups.
“We will support the Afghan government in realizing reconciliation with various political factions, including the Taliban,” Mr. Yi said. “We believe that broad based and inclusive national reconciliation, on the basis of Afghan-owned, Afghan-led, represents the right direction for Afghanistan to realize national unity and harmony and long term stability and security of the country.”
According to China’s top diplomat, the East Asian behemoth, which maintains strong trade and development ties with Pakistan, the international community must help China push the peace process along. “The international community needs to give its support and encouragement; China is ready to play a constructive role and will provide necessary facilitation at any time, if it is required by various parties in Afghanistan,” Yi said.
Political analysts have warmly welcomed the Chinese call of support for Afghanistan. “Certainly the four spheres recommended by China are crucial and this will help Afghanistan develop, if it is provided support,” analyst Mia Gul Waseeq told TOLOnews.
“The role of China at bringing peace in Afghanistan is effective, and China can play key role in this respect, because the Taliban have trust in the Chinese government,” said analyst Nasir Ahmad Tarakai. ” Also the national unity government trusts that China will persuade the Taliban to come to the peace negotiation table,” he added.
Since the formation of the national unity government, relations between Kabul and Beijing have improved and analysts have expressed optimism about the ability of China to pressure Pakistan into being more cooperative in reigning the Taliban insurgency in and reaching a reconciliation deal.