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Washington left “An Awful Mess” in Afghanistan: Hua Chunying

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Beijing: China on Tuesday accused Washington of “leaving a terrible mess” in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country, prompting a chaotic evacuation of US personnel and allies.

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Beijing has signaled its readiness to cooperate with the Taliban following the withdrawal of the United States, which saw them capture the capital Kabul on Sunday in a swift move by the terrorist group across the country.

Faced with criticism over the disorganised pullout of American troops after 20 years of US-led military intervention, President Joe Biden on Monday defended the withdrawal and blamed Afghan forces whom he said were “not willing to fight for themselves”.

But Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Tuesday said Washington had left “an awful mess of unrest, division and broken families” in Afghanistan.

“America’s strength and role is destruction, not construction,” Hua said at a regular press briefing.

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China shares a rugged 76-kilometre (47-mile) border with Afghanistan.

Beijing has long feared the neighbour could become a staging point for minority Uyghur separatists in the sensitive border region of Xinjiang.

But a top-level Taliban delegation met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin last month, promising that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for militants.

In exchange, China offered economic support and investment for Afghanistan’s reconstruction.

Hua on Monday said China was ready to continue “friendly and cooperative” relations with Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

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“America’s strength and role is destruction, not construction,” Hua said at a regular press briefing.

China shares a rugged 76-kilometre (47-mile) border with Afghanistan.

Beijing has long feared the neighbour could become a staging point for minority Uyghur separatists in the sensitive border region of Xinjiang.

But a top-level Taliban delegation met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin last month, promising that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for militants.

In exchange, China offered economic support and investment for Afghanistan’s reconstruction.

Hua on Monday said China was ready to continue “friendly and cooperative” relations with Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

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She urged the new Afghan regime on Tuesday to “make a clean break with international forces” and “prevent Afghanistan from becoming a gathering place for terrorists and extremists again”.

Biden promised a complete withdrawal of US troops by September 11, marking an end to two decades of war.

But Washington was surprised by the rapid fall of the Afghan government and the massive progress of the Taliban.

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