China-US cooperation in Afghanistan depends on US China policy : Global Times editors – Community News
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China-US cooperation in Afghanistan depends on US China policy : Global Times editors

Illustration China-US: Liu Rui/GT

Illustration: Liu Rui/GT


US President Joe Biden spoke on Tuesday about the current situation in Afghanistan. He claimed to fully support his decision to leave the US out of Afghanistan, noting that the US mission in Afghanistan was “never intended to be about nation building”. Instead, it was all about “preventing a terrorist attack on the American homeland”. “US troops cannot and should not fight in a war and die in a war that Afghan troops do not want to fight for themselves,” Biden said.

Biden has been heavily criticized in the US for the sudden collapse of the Afghan government and the hasty withdrawal of US troops. Even if there is a common understanding in the US that transcends partisan ties in the US about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the way the Biden administration carried out this plan is a total disaster that will damage the image and reputation of the US. tragically ruined. Some people said it is unconvincing and hypocritical of Washington to reprimand others about human rights while abandoning many Afghans who have aided and endangered US troops.

In the interest of counter-terrorism, the US has destroyed the Afghan government and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. Still, Biden said the US military presence was only intended to fight terrorism, not build the country. This is bitterly disappointing. It makes people believe that today’s world is facing a fundamental misfortune: the strongest country in the world is good at destruction, but not interested in rebuilding.

A US soldier (center) pointed his gun at an Afghan passenger at the Kabul airport on Monday, as thousands of people stormed the city's airport in an attempt to flee the country.  Photo: AFP

A US soldier (center) pointed his gun at an Afghan passenger at the Kabul airport on Monday, as thousands of people stormed the city’s airport in an attempt to flee the country. Photo: AFP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with foreign ministers from countries such as China, Russia and India on Monday. Speaking to China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Blinken said he hopes China will play an important role in the orderly transfer of power in Afghanistan and the formation of an inclusive government. To put it bluntly, he came to ask China for help.

At the time of writing, the US has not yet completed the evacuation of all personnel from the US and its allies. Earlier on Monday, the US military contacted Taliban leaders, asking them not to interfere in the US evacuation from Afghanistan at Kabul airport. The US is exhausted in Afghanistan and must be so inconspicuous in front of its former enemy to be able to withdraw safely. Washington needs other superpowers, like China and Russia, to help it clean up the mess in Afghanistan it left behind and make its departure less ugly.

China does not profit from the dangerous state of others, but hopes that Afghanistan can achieve a peaceful transition and end the chaos for good. Ending fighting as soon as possible clearly promotes the vision of improving the lives of all Afghan people. In his conversation with Blinken, Wang Yi opposed the US movement to deliberately suppress China to harm China’s interests, but asks China to cooperate. It is very necessary at this point to point out directly that the US is a strategic villain.

China is eager to restore order in Afghanistan and help rebuild this war-torn country, but it has no obligation to help the US get out of a strategic dilemma that belongs entirely to Washington. When the US maliciously carries out strategic coercion and containment against China, there is no need for China to win US favor by repaying good for evil. That won’t work.

The US has announced: “Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, cooperative when it can and hostile when it must.” In other words, Washington has limited cooperation with China in areas that the US can unilaterally benefit from. China will never accept such logic. Collaboration should be mutually beneficial. If it’s more favorable to the US, Beijing will have to let Washington admit reciprocity in another area.

The US is withdrawing from the Greater Middle East while strengthening its strategic structure around China for the sole purpose of containing China. How can China lend the US a helping hand to suppress China? The US in the Middle East is expected to be in even more trouble. But whether China will cooperate with the US in the region, and whether Beijing will cooperate with Washington in the areas where the latter needs China’s help, depends on how the US will act around China. This is just and fair.