Report: China will recognize Taliban as the “legitimate rule” of Afghanistan

According to a U.S. News report, communist China is getting ready to recognize the Taliban as the leader of Afghanistan. 

“China is prepared to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate ruler of Afghanistan if it succeeds in toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul,” the outlet writes.

This comes at the same time as reports indicating that the Taliban, in less than two weeks, took control of Afghanistan.

The group’s final conquest was of Kabul, which it entered on Sunday. Afghanistan’s president and the U.S. both withdrew from the country as the Taliban entered Kabul, leaving the Taliban in control.

Background

For many, it will probably not be that surprising that China is willing to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.

But, what makes it at least a little surprising is that, over the past month, China, like the United States, has been pushing the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government to reach a power-sharing agreement. China did so in several meetings that it held with the Taliban in July.

Now, despite the fact that the Taliban didn’t listen to China, China, according to U.S. News, is ready to “formalize their relationship” with the Taliban.

“New Chinese military and intelligence assessments of the realities on the ground in Afghanistan have prompted leaders in the Chinese Communist Party to prepare to formalize their relationship with the insurgent network, according to multiple U.S. and foreign intelligence sources familiar with the Chinese assessments,” the outlet writes.

The U.S.’s response

China’s response, at least at first, seemed problematic for the United States, as the Biden administration has signaled that it is going to respond to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan with an isolation campaign.

Now, however, it appears that the Biden administration, like China, is willing to work with the Taliban.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a television interview that President Joe Biden “can work with and recognize” a Taliban government, so long as it respects women and “doesn’t harbor terrorists.”

Blinken threatened consequences if the Taliban does not meet those conditions. But, the Taliban has shown little fear of consequences from the western world with Biden at the helm, and it will probably show even less fear with China at its side.

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