Beijing has said that the Taliban, an Islamist group that returned to power last month after being ousted by U.S.-led forces in 2001, should set up a political structure that lays the foundation for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
Later in the day, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China would provide Afghanistan with $31 million worth of food, daily necessities, and novel coronavirus vaccines, according to state-run media.
China has been cozying up to the Taliban, as the Asian power has been keen to prevent the group's political takeover in Afghanistan from encouraging separatist forces in China's mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang, which shares a border with the war-torn nation.
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