BEIJING: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed Afghanistan and US-China relations in a phone call on Sunday, Chinese state media said, amid tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
Wang Yi said all parties should ally with the Taliban and give them “positive guidance.”
Wang said that Washington should work with the international community to provide economic and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, help the new regime run governmental functions normally, maintain social stability, stop the currency from depreciating and the cost of living from rising.
“While respecting Afghanistan’s sovereignty, the United States should take concrete steps to help Afghanistan fight terrorism and prevent violence, rather than playing double standards or selectively fighting terrorism,” Wang told Blinken on a call from Chinese state TV. At the invitation of Washington.
On US-China relations, Wang said recent communications between Afghanistan and the two countries on climate change show that dialogue and cooperation are better than confrontation.
“China will consider how to engage with the US side based on the US attitude towards China,” Wang was quoted as saying.