China says the US failed in Afghanistan

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – September 1, 2021
BEIJING (China): China’s foreign office (FO) spokesperson Wang Wenbin said, on Tuesday, that the United States (US) withdrawal from Afghanistan shows that wanton military intervention in other countries and imposition of values and social systems onto other countries’ policy will lead nowhere and is doomed to end up in failure.

According to a press release, he continued: Afghanistan has broken free from foreign military occupation and the Afghan people are standing at a new starting point for peace and reconstruction.

China has always respected Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, adhered to non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and pursued a friendly policy toward the entire Afghan people.

The past and present of Afghanistan demonstrates that the realisation of peace, stability and economic development will be impossible without the establishment of an open and inclusive political structure, implementation of moderate and prudent foreign and domestic policies and a clean break with terrorist groups in all forms.

China will continue to maintain close communication and coordination with all parties in Afghanistan and the international community, and provide utmost support and assistance to help Afghanistan restore peace, rebuild economy, combat all terrorist groups and integrate into the international community.

The recent chaos in Afghanistan is directly related to the hasty and disorderly withdrawal of foreign troops.

We hope that relevant countries will realise the fact that withdrawal is not the end of responsibility, but the beginning of reflection and correction.

Relevant countries should learn from the lessons, truly respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, and genuinely respect the rights of the Afghan people to determine their own future.

It is hoped that relevant countries will effectively change the wrong practice of imposing their own models on others, and change the hegemonic practice of imposing sanctions or even using force at every turn.

The US and some other Western countries should provide Afghanistan with urgently needed assistance for the economy, livelihood and humanitarian needs, help Afghan people overcome difficulties as soon as possible and start peaceful reconstruction at an early date.

What they should not do is to simply take to their heels and leave a mess behind in Afghanistan and the region.

The recent terrorist attacks in Kabul once again proved that the war in Afghanistan did not achieve the goal of eliminating terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

Countries should follow international law and United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, and resolutely combat international terrorist organisations through cooperation. On the issue of counter-terrorism, there must not be any double standard or selective approach.

The war in Afghanistan launched by the US was the main reason for the chaos and socioeconomic difficulties in Afghanistan.

Rather than simply walking away, the US should earnestly shoulder responsibilities and work with the international community to provide urgently needed assistance for the economy, livelihood and humanitarian needs, help the new authority maintain the normal operations of governing institutions, maintain public order and stability, curb currency depreciation and price increase, and embark on the path of peaceful reconstruction as soon as possible.

For a long time, China has provided much support and assistance to socioeconomic development of Afghanistan, and has played an active role in Afghanistan’s improvement of self-development capabilities and betterment of people’s livelihood.

China will continue to support the peaceful reconstruction process in Afghanistan on the basis of respect for Afghanistan’s will and need, China’s FO spokesperson Wenbin concluded.