Chinese President issued strong backing for Afghanistan
Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday issued strong backing for Afghanistan at a regional conference.
Xi pledged China’s support in a message to a gathering of representatives from Afghanistan, China, Russia, Pakistan link, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in a central Chinese city that spotlights Beijing’s aspirations to play a leading role in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US forces last August.
A “peaceful, stable, developed and prosperous Afghanistan” is what Afghans aspire to, which “serves the common interests of regional countries and the international community,” Xi said.
“China has all along respected Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and is committed to supporting Afghanistan’s peaceful and stable development,” Xi said in his message to the gathering in Tunxi, a center of the tourism industry in Anhui province.