China urges US to unfreeze assets belonging to Afghanistan

- SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - SEP 15, 2021 - Laura Zhou -

On September 13, Taliban officials visit Mes Aynak copper mine with China's Jiangxi Copper and Metallurgical Corp of China representatives in Logar province, Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters

Ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu tells acting Afghanistan Foreign Minister Amir Muttaqi that China welcomes Taliban guarantee to safeguard its investments


Beijing has pledged US$31 million worth of aid, including food and coronavirus vaccines


China on Wednesday called on the United States to unfreeze assets belonging to Afghanistan

, and thanked the Taliban-controlled government for guaranteeing the security of Chinese investments in the nation.


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the assets belonged to Afghanistan, and the US should accept the legitimate demands of the nation.


“The US should give up the path of sanctioning, and should not create obstacles for the peaceful reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan,” Zhao said.

The US has reportedly frozen US$9.5 billion in Afghanistan central bank assets, following the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban.


The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund also halted aid to Afghanistan and the Taliban asked nations such as China to help with reconstruction.


Zhao’s message came after Beijing’s ambassador to Kabul, Wang Yu, told acting Foreign Minister Amir Muttaqi on Tuesday that the China appreciated the Taliban guaranteeing the security of Chinese investments.


Wang also expressed the hope of establishing “a broad and inclusive political framework” in the war-torn country following the United States’ withdrawal and the Taliban’s subsequent military victory.


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