US President Joe Biden has said he believes China will try to strike a deal with the Taliban after taking over Afghanistan in mid-August.
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“China has a real problem with the Taliban. So they are going to try to make some deals with the Taliban;” Biden said; when asked about his concerns about China’s potential to fund the group.
The United States and its allies in the G7 have agreed to cooperate on their response to the Taliban. However; Washington first blocked the Taliban’s access to Afghanistan’s budget reserves; which are in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The move was made to ensure the Taliban respect women’s rights and international law.
But experts say the US economic influence on Afghanistan will be lost if China; Russia or other countries provide funding to the Taliban.
Italy as the president of the G20; tried to hold a virtual meeting in Afghanistan; but so far there is no definite time for implementation. This meeting further exacerbated the dispute between the two groups.
Meanwhile; China through the State Counselor and Chinese Foreign Minister; Wang Yi; said the international community must cooperate with the Taliban.
China has not yet recognized the Taliban as the new government; but Wang hosted the head of the Taliban’s political office – who is now Afghanistan’s interim deputy prime minister – Abdul Ghani Baradar in July.
He said the world should guide and support Afghanistan as it transitions to a new government; instead of putting more pressure on it.
Yesterday; Tuesday (7/9) the Taliban announced the interim government of Afghanistan. A number of senior members have been appointed to strategic positions.
Mohammad Hassan Akhund was appointed interim prime minister. Then the deputy; accompanying Hassan; was Mullah Abdul Ghani Barradar.
Meanwhile; the Minister of Home Affairs is occupied by Sirajuddin Haqqani. He joined the organization; which is included in the US version of the terrorist list.