China is the ‘most important partner’ for the Taliban, militants say – ‘Swing in on scale’

spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Italian newspaper La Repubblica the militant group will rely mainly on finances from China. In an interview the Taliban spokesperson said: “China is our most important partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us, because it is

He told Al Jazeera: “China doesn’t do large scale aid; it will provide aid in modest terms, it will provide humanitarian assistance and it’s not going to bail out a new government.

“It might do some smaller scale investments but those longer term investments will depend on there being enough stability in the country and enough security in the country for these to turn into something that’s economically viable.

“So there’s still some limitations to what China’s going to be willing to do economically, even if it continues to be happy and the Taliban are keen to be able to send these signals that China’s willing to swing in on scale.”

China has a long-standing relationship with the Taliban after investing heavily in Afghanistan in the 1990s when the militant group had control over the region.

The two countries also share a narrow international border.

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