China will try to work out arrangement with Taliban, says Biden

President Joe Biden talks with at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AP

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, September 7,2021, he was certain China would try to work out an arrangement with the Taliban after the Islamic insurgents seized power in Afghanistan on Aug. 15.

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Asked if he was worried that China would fund the group,which is sanctioned under U.S. law, Mr. Biden told reporters, "China has a real problem with the Taliban. So they're going to try tow ork out some arrangement with the Taliban, I'm sure. As does Pakistan, as does Russia, as does Iran. They're all trying to figure out what do they do now."

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The United States and its Group of Seven allies have agreed to coordinate their response to the Taliban, and Washington has blocked the Taliban's access to Afghanistan's reserves, most of which are held by the New York Federal Reserve, to ensure they live up to their pledges to respect women's rights and international law.

But experts say much of that economic leverage will be lost if China, Russia or other countries provide funds to theTaliban.

Italy, current president of the Group of 20 major economies — which include China and Russia — has been trying to set up avirtual G20 meeting on Afghanistan, but no date has been announced, suggesting discord among the group.

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a phone call on Aug.29 that the international community should engage with theTaliban and "positively guide" them.

China has not officially recognised the Taliban as Afghanistan's new rulers, but Mr. Wang in July hosted Mullah Baradar, who has since been appointed as deputy prime minister,and has said the world should guide and support the country as it transitions to a new government instead of putting more pressure on it.

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