Friday 9/17/21
AFGHANISTAN

China criticizes US for "hastily withdrawing the troops"

"Solving problems with power and military means will only increase problems," Beijing said in a statement
16 August 2021, Lower Saxony, Wunstorf: An Airbus A400M transport aircraft of the German Air Force takes off early this morning from the Wunstorf airbase in the Hanover region. Because of the rapid advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Bundeswehr plans to begin evacuating German citizens and local Afghan forces from Kabul on Monday 16 August 2021. Photo: Moritz Frankenberg/dpa
An Airbus A400M transport aircraft. Photo: Moritz Frankenberg/dpa.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticized the United States for "hastily withdrawing its troops" from Afghanistan in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"Wang Yi clarified China's position on the situation in Afghanistan, saying that facts have once again proved that it is difficult to gain a foothold by mechanically applying foreign models to countries with completely different history, culture and national conditions," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Solving problems with power and military means will only increase problems. The lessons in this regard deserve serious reflection," the statement added.

Wang said that China is willing to communicate and have dialogue with the United States to ensure a smooth transition in Afghanistan and prevent a new civil war and humanitarian catastrophe.

Afghanistan should be encouraged to establish "an open-minded and inclusive political system that is in line with the national conditions of Afghanistan."

Cooperation

Wang further stated that China and the US are both permanent members of the UN Security Council and important participants in the international system.

Faced with endless global challenges and urgent regional hotspot issues, China and the US ought to coordinate and cooperate, he said.

"However, the United States cannot deliberately constrain and suppress China on the one hand and harm China's legitimate rights and interests, while on the other hand, it hopes that China will support and cooperate," the statement added.

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