DECEMBER 9, 2022
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China may recognize Taliban interim government in Afghanistan

China may recognize Taliban interim government in Afghanistan

China has showed a positive stance toward recognizing the Taliban's interim government as the legitimate ruler of Afghanistan.

The Taliban established control following the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters on Tuesday that his country hopes Afghanistan will "adopt moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policies" and "develop friendly relations with other countries, especially with its neighbors."

He added, "We believe that diplomatic recognition of the Afghan government will come naturally as the concerns of various parties are effectively addressed."

The Taliban said it had appointed Bilal Karimi, who worked as a spokesperson for the government, as its new ambassador to Beijing. It added that Karimi submitted his credentials to the Chinese Foreign Ministry earlier this month.

The Taliban government said Karimi was welcomed by the Chinese official in charge of protocol. It added that Karimi's credentials are to be presented to Chinese President Xi Jinping in the near future.

No country has recognized the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan so far, mainly because of their harsh restrictions on women and girls.

Observers say China may seek to strengthen ties with the country, which is rich in natural resources and is a potential partner in its Belt and Road initiative.

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