Chinese Officials And Taliban Meet, In Sign Of Warming Ties

Chinese Officials And Taliban Meet, In Sign Of Warming Ties

China's foreign minister told the nine visiting Taliban representatives, which included the group's co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Andrew H. Sweet

China's foreign minister told the nine visiting Taliban representatives, which included the group's co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, that Beijing expected it to "play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

He also said he hoped the Taliban would crackdown on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement as it was a "direct threat to China's national security," referring to a group China says is active in the Xinjiang region.

In recent months, Taliban leaders have stepped up their international diplomacy, seeking global recognition for when they hope to return to power.

The meeting in the Chinese city of Tianjin, which Taliban spokesman Mohammed Naeem said was at the invitation from Chinese authorities, was widely seen as a gift from Beijing towards that legitimacy.

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