Beijing Pledges to Assist Afghanistan’s Economic Recovery

Artists dressed in Qing Dynasty costumes take part in a performance to worship heaven and pray for good harvests at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Monday. China gave the Lunar New Year a raucous welcome with parties, feasts and thousands of tons of firecrackers.Liu Jin / AFP - Getty Images

China will assist Afghanistan’s economic recovery to the extent of its capacity, the foreign ministry’s spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization), expressed the belief that foreign nations must assist the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

“As far as possible, China will assist Afghanistan’s socioeconomic recovery,” Zhao said at a briefing.

China will stick to its friendly policy toward the Afghan people, the spokesman assured.

Asked about the possibility for China to recognize a new Afghan government, the diplomat emphasized one should wait for the government to be actually formed.

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