Joe Biden was asked about the Sino-Taliban financial link. Here is what he said | World news
Joe Biden, President of the United States of America, said on Tuesday (local time) that China has a “real problem” with the Taliban, so he has reason to believe that Beijing will find “an arrangement” with the new ones. leaders. in Afghanistan. Asked about China’s funding for the Taliban, Biden replied that China, much like Pakistan, Russia and Iran, is just trying to “figure out” how best to react to the new government that militants have announced there. one day ago.
“China has a real problem with the Taliban,” Biden told reporters at a White House press conference. “So they will try to find an arrangement with the Taliban, I’m sure. Just like Pakistan, just like Russia, just like Iran. They’re all trying to figure out what they’re doing now.
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The US president’s statement came the day the Taliban announced a new interim government in Afghanistan after weeks of deliberation, revealing an all-male cabinet that also includes a senior official who is part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). list of most wanted people, with a bounty of up to $ 10 million on its head. Although the United States remains reasonably concerned about the composition of the new cabinet, it is now known that China is preparing to present the new Taliban regime as one of its allies.
China, before the fall of Kabul, had already prepared to recognize the Taliban as the rightful ruler of the war-torn nation. In addition, just a few weeks before the fall of Ashraf Ghani’s regime, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with the Afghan Taliban political commission, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar with the aim of developing “friendly relations” with the Taliban. group.
To complicate matters further, Wang Yi had a phone call with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on August 29, where the former said the international community should engage with the Taliban and “positively guide them.”
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For its part, the United States has agreed, with its Group of Seven allies, to coordinate its response to the Taliban. The White House has said the Biden administration currently has no plans to release billions of Afghan gold, investment and foreign currency reserves held by the New York Federal Reserve, which it froze. after the Taliban takeover. Western powers say formal recognition of the Taliban government and the resulting flow of economic aid will depend on measures taken to protect human rights, the rule of law and the media.
However, political experts say much of this economic leverage will be lost if China, Russia or any other country continues to provide funds to the Taliban. It has been reported that Beijing may take some time to invest and will focus on the situation in Afghanistan as it evolves.