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China asked US to 'guide' Taliban amid fears of Uyghur separatists regrouping in Afghanistan

Just Earth News | @indiablooms | 17 Sep 2021

China asked US to 'guide' Taliban amid fears of Uyghur separatists regrouping in Afghanistan

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Afraid that the absence of security forces in Afghanistan might give an open ground to anti-Beijing elements to regroup in the region, China urged a top American diplomat in late August that the international community, including the US, cooperate and provide guidance to the Taliban, according to a media report.

In late August, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a telephone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggested that the global community should provide the Taliban with guidance so that a new political system led by the militant group can support government operations and services, The Hill reported.

China believes that the drawdown of the US forces in Afghanistan could pave the way for the scattered Uyghur separatist groups based in Xinjiang to regroup and facilitate their anti-China operations from Afghanistan.

The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) poses a direct threat to China's national security and territorial integrity, according to The Hill.

The organisation has been declared an international terrorist group by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Yi had told Blinken that the Taliban would need monetary assistance to maintain order and stability and stop the erosion of the Afghani, the currency of Afghanistan, to achieve peaceful reconstruction.

China has been blaming the US for the current Afghanistan situation though it showed support to the Taliban even before the militant group took power in Afghanistan.