All about China and the Taliban's first dialogue

  • In a major development, China has established its first diplomatic contact with the Taliban, as the militant groups try to consolidate their control over the governance of the crisis-ridden country

  • The talks were held between the Taliban's deputy head of political office and the Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan in Kabul

  • China has been critical of its national security concern, due to possible threats from East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). Taliban has earlier stated that it won't allow its soil to be used against Chinese interests.

  • China had conveyed to the visiting Taliban delegation last month that the ETIM poses a direct threat to its national security and territorial integrity and combating the ETIM is a common responsibility for the international community,

  • China further stated its intention of respecting the rights and aspirations of Afghan citizens and playing a vital role in the reconstruction of the country

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