WASHINGTON: U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he was certain China would attempt to compute an appointment with the Taliban after the Islamic insurgents seized power in Afghanistan on Aug. 15.
Inquired as to whether he was worried that China would fund the group, which is sanctioned under U.S. law, Biden told reporters, “China has a real problem with the Taliban. So they’re going to try to work out some arrangement with the Taliban, I’m sure. As does Pakistan, as does Russia, as does Iran. They’re all trying to figure out what do they do now.”
The US and its Group of Seven allies have settled to coordinate their response to the Taliban, and Washington has blocked the Taliban’s access to Afghanistan’s reserves, most of which are held by the NY Federal Reserve System, in order to ensure they live up to their pledges to respect women’s rights and the law of nations.
Yet, experts say much of that economic leverage will be lost if China, Russia, or other countries provide funds to the Taliban.
Italy, the present president of the Group of 20 major economies – which incorporate China and Russia – has been trying to line up a virtual G20 meeting on Afghanistan, but no date has been announced, suggesting discord among the group.
Chinese State Councillor and secretary of state Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a call on Aug. 29 that the international community should engage with the Taliban and “positively guide” them.
China has not officially recognized the Taliban as Afghanistan’s new rulers, but Wang in July hosted Mullah Baradar, who has since been appointed as deputy prime minister and has said the planet should guide and support the country because it transitions to a substitution government as opposed to putting more pressure.