BEIJING: China wishes to have profounder military ties with Afghanistan, a senior Chinese officer articulated a visiting Afghan envoy.
Fang Fenghui, an associate of the influential Central Military Commission which pedals China’s armed forces, told Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the Afghan president’s national security consultant that their two armed forces had always had noble relations, China’s Defence Ministry said late on Wednesday.
China is eager to “deepen counter-terrorism intelligence, joint drills, personnel training and other areas of practical cooperation”, the ministry cited Fang as saying.
China is functioning with Pakistan and the United States (US) to broker peace meetings to end a Taliban rebellion that has fumed for 15 years in Afghanistan, but last month the militants declined to take share.
The US-led Nato mission stopped combat operations at the end of 2014, and has inhibited most of its forces. China says it does not pursue to stop a vacuum left by their removal.
Nevertheless, China has promised to play a “huge” commercial role in helping rebuild the country, where the Taliban seek to re-establish their regime.
China is very nervous at the prospect of militants from its restive far western region of Xinjiang getting support from the Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan and central Asia.
Associations amid Afghanistan and Pakistan, which stars its long-time association with China, have been uptight with uncertainty in the past.
For year, Afghan frontrunners recurrently blamed Pakistan of protecting Taliban militants and secretly ancillary their allies.
But the Taliban’s current denial to link a peace process and continuing invasive has elevated misgivings over how much impact Islamabad still exercises over the militants.
China’s vice president last year promised set-up and security support for Afghanistan, passing numerous deals during a rare elevated Chinese visit to Kabul.
Rights groups, nonetheless, blame discontent in Xinjiang on the prevention of the mostly Muslim Uighur people from the region over China’s controls on their culture and religion, charges Beijing repudiates.