On Wednesday, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid told Italian newspaper la Repubblica that China is a "main partner" and financer to the terrorist group.
“China is our main partner and represents for us a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity because it is willing to invest and rebuild our country,” Mujahid said.
The Taliban needs money now that they do not have access to the billions of Afghan assets in U.S. bank accounts after they have been blocked. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund also suspended funding.
Epoch Times reports:
With cash running short, the Taliban appears to place its bet on Beijing, which in recent days have signaled readiness to build ties with the group—although it has yet to formally recognize the Taliban regime.
Mujahid said the Taliban was “very keen” on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a billion-dollar infrastructure project championed by Chinese leader Xi Jinping that aims to expand the regime’s economic and political clout worldwide. While Afghanistan is a formal member of BRI, no projects have started under the plan.
The spokesperson also referenced China’s currently dormant investment in a copper mine development project in the country. “We also have rich copper mines that, thanks to the Chinese, will be able to come back to life and be modernized,” Mujahid said.
China, he added, “is our gateway to markets around the world.”
China working with the Taliban is bad news for the rest of the world.
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