China has accused the United States of rushing to withdraw from Afghanistan and leaving a “mess for the region.”
“The US is eager to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and leave the mess to the Afghan people and regional countries,” spokesman Wang Wenbin of China’s Foreign Ministry told a news conference in the capital Beijing.
Wang said this exposed Washington’s “hypocrisy behind its guise of defending democracy and human rights.”
The statement came as the US and allied forces are in the process of exiting Afghanistan following 20 years of occupation that started in 2001 against the Taliban, accused of harboring the al-Qaeda terror group.
Under a deal signed between the US and Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha in February 2020, foreign forces were supposed to have made a complete withdrawal by a May 1 deadline which was later unilaterally extended by the Joe Biden administration until Sept. 11 this year.
Around 90% of US forces have left the war-torn country.
Wang also urged Washington to “have a clear understanding of the global trend … follow the trend of the times, make the right choice and meet China half way.””China-US relations now stand at a new historical juncture. The choice between hostility, confrontation and mutual respect, between decoupling and open cooperation, is of great interest to people in both countries and international community,” Wang said, marking the 50th anniversary of a visit to China by the US then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.