A Taliban spokesman said Thursday that China promised to keep its embassy open in Afghanistan and help the Taliban fight the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) or (COVID-19) virus pandemic.
Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban regime, said on Twitter that Abdul Salam Hanafi, a member of the Taliban’s political office in Doha, Qatar, “held a telephone conversation with Wu Jianghao,” China’s deputy foreign minister, in which the CCP agreed to strengthen relations further.
“The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister said that they would maintain their embassy in Kabul, adding our relations would beef up as compared to the past. Afghanistan can play an important role in security and development of the region,” he wrote.
“China will also continue and increase its humanitarian assistance, especially for treatment of COVID-19,” the spokesman continued.
The CCP continues to portray itself to the world as the savior in pandemic management issues, despite its mismanagement that led to the rapid spread of the virus to other countries by concealing its origin. It refused from the outset to cooperate with any investigation that considers the Wuhan laboratory as the place from which the coronavirus emerged, affecting lives and economies worldwide.
As reported by Breitbart, this Thursday statement is the first in which the Taliban officially mentioned the CCP virus pandemic.
Previously, spokesmen in their appearances had never discussed the coronavirus. Even journalists had never asked them questions about the pandemic and how they addressed the issue in a deteriorating Afghan health care system.
According to reports, before the Taliban terrorist takeover, Afghanistan had received donations of CCP vaccines from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm and vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. But since the Taliban have been in charge, vaccination in the country is believed to have stopped completely.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Afghanistan has officially documented 153,375 confirmed coronavirus cases and just over 7,000 deaths. But it is suspected that the number may be much higher due to lack of testing.
As for the WHO, immediately after the Taliban seized power, it stated that the agency was committed to providing health services to Afghanistan, mentioning that the priority was to deal with emergencies due to war casualties but not to focus on pandemic management, according to Breitbart.
Beyond the issue of pandemic management, as several analysts and the CCP itself have already warned, China is particularly interested in deepening “friendly and cooperative” relations with the Taliban after their takeover. However, it has not yet recognized them as the de facto government.
For the CCP, a stable and mutually cooperative relationship in Kabul would pave the way both for an expansion of its Belt and Road (BRI) project and for securing the Taliban regime’s silence on the genocide it perpetuates against the Uighurs, the ethnic group of the Xinjiang area on the border between the two countries.
In addition, as reported by The BL, the CCP also wants to revive Afghan copper mining and production to reach world markets.
Meanwhile, for the Taliban, China could mean a crucial source of investment and economic support.
Hanafi, one of the leaders at the helm of the Taliban’s “political office” in Doha, Qatar, said they expect the CCP to invest heavily in Afghanistan, and they, in turn, hope to support the BRI.
“China has been a trustworthy friend of Afghanistan. The Afghan Taliban is willing to continue to promote friendly relations between Afghanistan,” Hanafi reaffirmed.