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Afghanistan turmoil

China extends hand to Taliban for rebuilding with eye on Xinjiang

Beijing signals assistance as part of carrot-and-stick approach

An Afghan man receives aid from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. China fears chaos in Afghanistan would send extremists crossing the border into Xinjiang.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's response to the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan has been a mix of offers of engagement with tacit pressure as it seeks to play a role in economic development and tamp down potential instability on Beijing's doorstep.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin confirmed that Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu has had contact with the Taliban, and asserted that Beijing is ready to "play a constructive role in Afghanistan's peace and reconstruction."

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