China's Foreign Minister Meets Taliban, Offers Support

China's Foreign Minister Meets Taliban, Offers Support

Andrew H. Sweet

Mr. Wang, the Chinese Foreign Minister, met with acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who assured Beijing that "a friendly policy towards China" was "a firm choice" by the Taliban.

In their second meeting, Mr. Wang repeated to the Taliban leader China's expectations that the Taliban "will make a clean break with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement [ETIM] and other terrorist organizations and take effective measures to resolutely crack down on them."

The ETIM, which China has blamed for several attacks in its western Xinjiang region, poses a real threat to China's national security and territorial integrity and jeopardizes the domestic stability and long-term stability in Afghanistan.

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