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China and Russia vow aid to Afghanistan as extremist threat rises

US exit adds urgency to offers of economic support

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on July 16. Afghanistan's neighbors are calling for greater economic assistance to the country.   © Reuters

TASHKENT/BEIJING -- China and Russia have proposed economic assistance to fragile neighbor Afghanistan as a relentless Taliban offensive and looming U.S. exit threaten to spill turmoil across their borders.

"China will support the development of roads and pipelines in Afghanistan," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the International Conference "Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities" in the Uzbek capital Tashkent this week.

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