The Chinese Communist Party is preparing to recognize Taliban rule in Afghanistan after the Islamic terrorist organisation took control of the nation’s capital of Kabul after just 10 days of the conflict.
Other nations such as Russia and Turkey are also set to recognize the rule of the Taliban, with the Kremlin confirming that they have no plans to evacuate their embassy in Kabul due to ‘good relations.’
However, allied nations such as the UK and USA, alongside the shock inclusion of Iran, are reluctant to formally recognize the Taliban as the new rulers of Afghanistan, with Iranian officials stating they are ‘ensuring the safety of its diplomats.’
Last month, after the collapse of crisis talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Chinese officials were pictured posing with members of the Taliban in the region of Tianjin.
The meeting appeared to be a formal recognition of the resurgence of the Islamist group after US forces withdrew from the country.
However, the re-emergence of the extremist Islamist group may provide China with some issues at home, having previously blamed religious extremism for the destabilization of Xinjiang.
As a result, the CCP moved to place over one million Uyghur Muslims in detention centers, which they described as ‘training centers’ that were designed to ‘stamp out Islamist extremism and separatism.’
The meeting in Tianjin last month echoes a meeting that was held in the Chinese city back in 2019 when a small Taliban delegation met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The minister stated last month that he hoped that Afghanistan was able to now have a ‘moderate Islamist policy’ moving forward.
China’s history with Afghanistan is also complicated after the Chinese cleared out of the country back in 1993 whilst suspending relations after the civil war broke out.
However, unlike the US, the UK, and Russia, Chinese forces have never fought against the Taliban, which may come to their aid when forging a new relationship with the terror group.
Chinese state media published two stories last week that examined how Afghanistan had become a ‘graveyard of empires,’ after numerous nations had interfered in the country over the past 40 years.
The stories reaffirmed China’s commitment to their non-interference policy, stating that Chinese troops will not enter the country to fill ‘the power vacuum left by the United States.’
However, after last month’s meeting with China, the Taliban stated that they hoped the Chinese would play a ‘bigger economic role’ in the nation.
How have other nations reacted?
According to the Russian Presidential envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, he and his staff at the Kabul Russian Embassy are continuing to ‘calmly carry out their duties.’
It has been reported that Moscow is currently organizing an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, to which they are one of five permanent members.
The other four are the USA, UK, China, and France.
Pakistan and Turkey are set to work together to gain stability in Afghanistan, with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan confirming that he intends to stop the growth of migration that is occurring between Afghanistan and Turkey.
Pakistan has also indirectly backed the Taliban after their government has failed to condemn the actions of the terrorist group.
Pakistan has also been accused in the past of harboring Taliban fighters over the years, with many critics now labeling the nation as a ‘terrorist safe haven.’
Iran is one of the few nations in the middle east that are yet to support the Taliban, joining allied forces by evacuating the majority of their staff at their embassy.
The Iranian foreign ministry has called on the Taliban to ensure the safety of their personnel after the Taliban has seized all major cities in the nation.