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China Calls on America to Fund Taliban

via South China Morning Post
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China has advocated for recognizing the Taliban as Afghanistan’s legitimate government and lifting sanctions to allow the group access to frozen Afghan funds.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) spokesman Gerry Rice said,“As is always the case, the IMF is guided by the views of the international community.”

He continued, “There is currently a lack of clarity within the international community regarding recognition of a government in Afghanistan, as a consequence of which the country cannot access SDRs [Special Drawing Rights] or other IMF resources.”

At a UN meeting on Afghanistan, the Taliban refused to participate unless granted recognition first.

China praised the Taliban’s governance and signed cooperation deals despite their human rights record.

China’s special envoy on Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong, said, “Hopefully the US will stop making excuses and start facing the real problems that are facing Afghanistan.

As the Taliban’s top business partner, China demands the US fund Taliban reconstruction and calls American humanitarian aid insufficient.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “On one hand, Afghanistan remains with a government that is not recognized internationally and in many aspects not integrated in the global institutions and global economy.”

“These conditions first of all denied us the right to talk to other representatives of the Afghan society and demanded a treatment that would, I would say, to a large extent be similar to recognition,” he continued.

While seeking international legitimacy, the Taliban declared the UN meeting a failure for not meeting their demands.

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said, “If the Islamic Emirate’s requests are accepted and are considered important, we will undoubtedly participate in meetings in the future.”

China remains one of the few countries openly welcoming and advocating for the Taliban.

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