Nor is China adverse to dealing with the Taliban
, 갖는 publicly welcomed the militant group to Beijing in September
2019 for peace talks
탈레반, 그 동안에, has made clear it would be willing to overlook any perceived grievances
, with a spokesman telling the 월 스트리트 저널 earlier this month the group had no interest in criticizing China over its alleged repression of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang
. “We care about the oppression of Muslims
… But what we are not going to do is interfere in China’s internal affairs
,” he was quoted as saying
Pakistani senator Mushahid Hussain, chairman of the Pakistan-China Institute, told CNN the Taliban was more “chastened and pragmatic” than during its previous time in power, and the Islamists saw China as a “credible stakeholder” 아프가니스탄에서. “(If they took power) they would need Chinese support for Afghanistan’s stability and reconstruction. Annoying China is a recipe for disaster for the Taliban,” 그는 말했다.
Any deterioration in Afghanistan’s security situation would be of significant concern to Beijing too, which has invested heavily in Central Asia through its Belt and Road trade and infrastructure scheme. 최근 몇 년 동안, Islamist militants have attacked Chinese nationals and their interests in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan. The prospect of further violence is likely to create unease in Beijing, as will the specter of homegrown Chinese militants finding sanctuary in Afghanistan’s lawless border areas.
지금까지, the Chinese government hasn’t publicly responded to the Taliban’s advances
. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Turkmenistan, Tajikstan and Uzbekistan
이번 주, and is expected to discuss the issue of Afghanistan with his counterparts during the trip
하나, in a widely-shared social media post, 후시진, the editor of state-run nationalist tabloid Global Times, said the Taliban considered China a “친구.” His newspaper, 그 동안에, suggested Western media outlets were trying to ruin the Taliban’s relationship with Beijing by raising questions over Xinjiang.
“The West did not really care about Xinjiang Uyghurs
’ human rights
. It instead hoped to sow discord between Beijing and the Taliban
,” the opinion piece said
— Additional reporting by Sophia Saifi
- Taliban fighters 실행 22 Afghan commandos as they tried to surrender on June 16, according to videos obtained and verified by CNN and witnesses’ 계정. The killing stands in stark contrast to the Taliban’s efforts to show it is accepting the surrender of soldiers as it makes territorial gains.
- A top Thai virologist on Tuesday endorsed a government plan to mix doses of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac coronavirus vaccines, amid some public unease over the largely untested strategy.
- In an unusual step to prevent the spread of Covid, South Korea’s capital has banned fast workout music with a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute in gyms.
- 적어도 65 people were killed by lightning strikes and thunderstorms in the northern Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
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Catastrophe in Suzhou: 적어도 17 사람들 died and five others were injured after a hotel collapsed Monday in the city of Suzhou, eastern China. Rescue efforts came to an end on Wednesday morning, after nine people previously missing were found dead. State media said people linked to the hotel had been detained and the cause of the collapse was under investigation.
Global demand for Chinese-made goods is soaring ahead of big GDP announcement
중국 export market is booming
. That’s alleviating some fears about whether the recovery for the world’s second largest economy is losing steam ahead of a much-anticipated GDP announcement Thursday
Exports reached $ 281 billion last month in US dollar terms, 쪽으로 32% from a year ago, according to Chinese customs data released Tuesday. That’s the fastest rate of growth since February, and far higher than the 23% growth forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts.
The spike remains high even when compared to June 2019, before Covid-19 broke out: It’s a 32% leap over that time period as well.
The big boost to exports is good news for China, coming just before it releases GDP figures for the April-to-June quarter on Thursday.
There have been a few troubling signs for the Chinese economy and its role in global trade recently as the cost of imported commodities surges and as supply chains have been disrupted by the temporary closure of key ports in southern China
. An ongoing energy shortage in the country’s important manufacturing and exports hubs has weighed on activity
지난주 말, the People’s Bank of China sparked even more concern about flagging growth when it said it would cut the reserve requirement ratio for most financial institutions by 50 basis points, a move that would allow banks to lend more. It was the first cut to that rate since April 2020.
“The trade picture looks less worrying,” wrote Ken Cheung, chief Asian foreign exchange strategist at Mizuho Bank, in a Tuesday research note, adding that the firm export figures should “help contain fears” of any disappointment in the GDP data.
— By Laura He