16 August, 2021

Does China plan to withdraw diplomats from Afghanistan? Hua Chunying responded

Hua Chunying presided over the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 16th. A foreign media reporter asked whether the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan is still open? Does China plan to withdraw diplomats? Is it worried about the safety of Chinese citizens in Afghanistan?

In response, Hua Chunying stated that the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan is still operating normally, and the Chinese ambassador and embassy staff are still sticking to their posts and performing their duties. Most of the Chinese citizens in Afghanistan have already returned home in advance under the arrangement of the embassy. There are still some sporadic personnel who have voluntarily left behind. The Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan maintains close contact with them, and they are currently safe.

Hua Chunying said that the Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan will continue to pay close attention to the development of the situation in Afghanistan and provide necessary services and assistance to every Chinese citizen in Afghanistan.

"He is watching a cartoon!" Biden posted photos of the Afghanistan situation meeting to arouse the enthusiasm of the people for creative creation.

According to Russian media reports, the White House posted a picture stating that Biden did not forget to hold meetings on the situation in Afghanistan during his vacation, which inspired the creative enthusiasm of people around the world.

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According to reports, on August 15 local time, the Taliban took control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and several countries, including the United States, transferred staff from their embassies to Kabul Airport. There, people gathered together and tried to flee Afghanistan. Although Biden is still on vacation, he still held a remote video conference with the national security team and senior officials.

According to the report, the White House released a photo of US President Joe Biden, wearing a blue polo shirt, sitting alone in front of the screen and participating in a video conference to receive the latest report on the situation in Afghanistan.

Russian media ridiculed that the incident unfolded in a dramatic way. Kabul is now occupied by the Taliban and the airport is full of people who want to leave Afghanistan. However, Biden does not seem to be in a hurry to return to the White House to deal with Afghan affairs. According to CNN, Biden is expected to speak to the nation on this matter in the next few days.

The White House’s official account posted a photo of Biden looking at the screen on Twitter, with the text: “This morning, the President and Vice President met with their national security team and senior officials and listened to our civilian staff in Afghanistan. The reduction in the number of SIV applicants and the withdrawal of other Afghan allies, as well as the latest security situation and developments in Kabul."

However, this picture did not make the public feel at ease, instead they all laughed. Some netizens wrote: "Hahaha, I can't believe it. Some people think this is a reassuring photo." "He sat there, doing nothing to Afghanistan, and then tweeted a vaccination!" Hahahaha, he was obviously watching TV and waiting for sandwiches, but he didn't know how to change channels."

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This picture also aroused the creative enthusiasm of people all over the world, and produced one emoji package after another. Edward Snowden, a former employee of the National Security Agency, reposted the statement and commented: "A brutal picture."

Some netizens changed the screen to "Dogecoin", a collection of photos of Trump, Elon Musk, and the founder of Facebook, with the text: "The photo sent by the White House is a fake! I have the original image here. ."

Some netizens put the cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants" on screen P and made a video with the text: "This morning, Joe sat down to watch some Saturday morning cartoons." Some netizens turned screen P into an animation. Netizens commented on the film "Cat and Mouse": "No matter what happens, Biden will never miss an episode."

Even some netizens posted a video of Biden’s son Hunter Biden having a relationship with an unidentified woman on screen P, which seemed to have no sense of contradiction.

Of course, there are still people who are not in the mood to make a joke. They insist that Biden end his vacation immediately and return to the White House to address the country. There are also people who oppose the appearance of US Vice President Kamala Harris in the video conference. They said, God, why not put Harris in the middle of the mosaic.

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According to CNN, the Biden team is still not sure whether to let the president return to the White House for his expected national speech, and he is likely to make a statement at the resort.

"We will send troops to Afghanistan within 48 hours!" The Taliban could hardly resist, and Biden became anxious this time.

According to the Associated Press report on August 15 local time, after the fall of the Afghan government, the Taliban quickly swept the Afghan capital Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had fled Afghanistan when the Taliban entered the Afghan Presidential Palace. Ghani said it was to avoid a "bloody conflict." The Taliban’s rapid offensive also scared the US government. US President Biden has become a target of criticism in the US political arena. Many US officials believe that Biden’s administration has failed.

According to the British "Daily Mail" report, on August 15 local time, after the Taliban attacked the Afghan capital Kabul, some people saw the staff of the US Embassy in Afghanistan have fled. Local residents said that they saw smoke rising around the US Embassy, ​​and it should be the staff of the US Embassy destroying important documents. It is reported that the documents destroyed by the U.S. Embassy mainly include information from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and materials that electronic equipment has been used for "propaganda work." Anything that contains the label of the US embassy or agency or the US flag may be abused for "propaganda work."

The American diplomats and the staff of the American Embassy have arrived at Kabul Airport and will be evacuated quickly within 72 hours. U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that all U.S. embassy personnel have been evacuated urgently. All personnel of the US Embassy are located on the grounds of Hamid Karzai International Airport, which is protected by the US military.

According to the "Daily Mail" report, a large number of Afghan civilians rushed to Kabul Airport. Due to the large number of people and the urgent time, riots broke out at Kabul Airport, and the U.S. military fired warning shots into the air. According to US defense officials, the Biden administration has authorized the dispatch of 1,000 soldiers to Afghanistan. Up to now, the Biden administration has dispatched at least 6,000 American soldiers to Afghanistan. The main task is to provide security for Kabul. The US State Department and the Department of Defense also announced that in addition to strengthening security there, the US military will also take over air traffic control at Kabul Airport.

As the Taliban’s progress has accelerated, the US government has also accelerated the original 72-hour evacuation plan. The U.S. Senate heard briefings by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Anthony Brinken and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley on August 15.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement stating that in the next few days, U.S. staff and their families stationed in Afghanistan will be evacuated urgently. In addition, the U.S. government will also evacuate thousands of Afghans who are eligible for U.S. special immigrant visas as soon as possible. Nearly 2,000 Afghans have arrived in the United States in the past two weeks. However, the description of Afghan officials does not match that of the US government. Afghan officials said that women, children, and government personnel holding visas were unable to leave Afghanistan because they were blocked by the United States.

According to the Associated Press, 22-year-old Afghan data analyst Massouma Tajik was also anxiously waiting for boarding at Kabul Airport. She said: “I see people crying, and they are not sure if they can board. I’m not sure about getting on the plane.” Tens of thousands of Afghans who have worked with the United States and other NATO forces are seeking opportunities, hoping to flee Afghanistan with their families. However, the deteriorating security situation in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is not clear, and the current situation still needs to be observed.

Too much face! 38 days ago, Biden said that the Taliban could not return to power

The Taliban entered the capital of Afghanistan. On the same day, Republicans in the US House of Representatives released a video of Biden denying the situation in Afghanistan. On July 8, Biden stated that the well-equipped Afghan government forces can resist the Taliban and said that it is extremely unlikely that the Taliban will regain power.

Afghan Taliban's quick victory over U.S. policy is criticized for fiasco

Afghan President Ghani announced on the 15th that he had left Afghanistan in order to avoid bloodshed. On the same day, Mohammed Naim, the spokesperson of the Taliban in Afghanistan, announced that Taliban fighters had entered and controlled the capital, Kabul, and the war in Afghanistan had ended.

Analysts said that from the current situation, the change of power in Afghanistan is a foregone conclusion. The U.S. irresponsibly withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the inadequacy of the Afghan government's own capabilities, and the political strategies adopted by the Taliban are important reasons for the Taliban's rapid victory in Afghanistan. The "changing sky" in Afghanistan in a blink of an eye has not only caused the United States to be in a very embarrassed situation with regard to the evacuation of personnel, but also aroused severe criticism of the Biden administration's military withdrawal policy by the American public opinion.

The overall situation is set

According to media reports such as the "Voice of Asia" news agency in Tajikistan, Ghani has traveled to Tajikistan accompanied by some Afghan officials, and will travel to other countries afterwards, but it is not yet clear about his next itinerary. This news has not yet been confirmed by the Algerian Presidential Palace.

The Taliban’s leader in charge of political affairs, Abdul Ghani Baradar, said on the evening of the 15th that the Taliban’s recent victory exceeded expectations. The next step for the Taliban is to ensure safety and bring well-being to the people.

Former Afghan President Karzai said on social media on the 15th that Afghanistan has established a "coordination committee" to prepare for the peaceful transition of power and is responsible for maintaining security, law and order.

U.S. President Biden announced in April this year that the U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan will begin to withdraw on May 1 and will withdraw completely before September 11. On July 8, Biden stated that the US military mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31. As the U.S. forces accelerate their withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban's offensive has become more swift and violent, and they have continued to occupy major cities and towns.

Why quick win

Analysts believe that there are many reasons why the Taliban are able to seize power quickly.

The first is the failure of the US policy in Afghanistan. From the beginning of July with the U.S. forces withdrawing from Bagram Air Force Base overnight without notifying the Afghan government, to Biden’s remarks on August 10 that the Afghan government forces must fight for themselves and the country, it is clear that the U.S. is eager to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. , Will no longer invest military resources to resist the Taliban.

On the one hand, this dispels the Taliban's scruples about US military intervention, and can concentrate its efforts on the Afghan government forces; on the other hand, it also makes the Afghan government and military feel that they have lost their backing and their will to resist. In addition, the Afghan government has over-relied on US air firepower, intelligence reconnaissance, and logistical supplies in previous operations. Therefore, it has lost its normal combat capability after losing the support of the US military.

The second is that the Taliban have adopted the correct political strategy. Zhu Yongbiao, director of the Afghanistan Research Center of Lanzhou University, pointed out that the Taliban refused to negotiate with the Afghan government alone while negotiating with the United States, accusing the Afghan government of being a "puppet fostered by the United States" and defining itself as a "national force against foreign enemies." The Taliban also announced an "amnesty" policy to dispel the fear of government forces and officials towards the Taliban and greatly reduce resistance.

For example, Ismail Khan, the local armed leader known as the "Lion of Herat", once supported the United States in combating the Taliban regime in 2001, but the Taliban recently persuaded him to surrender and successfully took down Herat, the third largest city in Afghanistan. This move also caused many armed forces in other places to surrender. For the Afghan civilians who served as translators for the US military, the Taliban also publicly stated that they would not harm them.

The third is that the Afghan government itself has many problems. Zhu Yongbiao said that the constant struggle between different political forces in the Afghan government has led the Taliban to take the opportunity to expand their power.

At the same time, because the Afghan government has serious corruption problems and long-term dependence on foreign military support, the coalition forces headed by the U.S. military often accidentally bombed and killed civilians in military operations in Afghanistan. The Afghan government is dissatisfied.

When the war broke out suddenly, the Taliban rushed to the capital with murderous aura, Biden made a helpless decision

According to the Global Times quoted US media reports on the 15th, in view of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, US President Biden had no choice but to send another 1,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan on the 14th to ensure that American citizens and Afghans working for the US government can safely evacuate. On the 12th local time, as the Taliban were approaching Kabul, the country’s capital, the United States had sent an additional 3,000 troops to Afghanistan.

According to the "New York Times" report, although there have been two surges in troops, the report said that Biden made it clear in a statement that he will not violate his campaign promise to end the war in Afghanistan and still plans to withdraw all American combat troops.

According to reports, as the Taliban conquered the strategic city of Mazar-e-Sharif, Biden also promised in the statement to send 5,000 soldiers. According to his estimates, there are thousands of Afghans who have worked for the United States during the Afghan War. They will face retaliation from the Taliban, so they and their families need to be evacuated.

Biden also said that the United States has invested nearly US$1 trillion in Afghanistan in the past 20 years and has trained and equipped more than 300,000 Afghan security forces. "If the Afghan army can't or won't keep its own country, it will be no different if the United States is stationed for another year or five years," Biden said. "The United States is endlessly participating in another country's civil war. It is unacceptable to me."

According to a CCTV report, the Afghan Ministry of Defense stated on the 14th that in the past 24 hours, government forces have launched operations in multiple provinces, killing 172 Taliban fighters and wounding 107 Taliban fighters.

The Taliban are also constantly attacking the city. The Taliban said that up to now, they have captured 22 of the country’s 34 capital cities. According to reports, the Taliban have pushed the front to about 11 kilometers south of the capital Kabul.

On the 14th, a member of the Lugar Province of Afghanistan stated that the Taliban occupied the entire province on the same day and pushed the front to an area about 11 kilometers south of the capital Kabul. The fourth largest city in Afghanistan and the last large city controlled by the Afghan government in the northern region-the capital of Balkh Province, Mazar-i-Sharif was also captured by the Taliban that day. At present, the second largest city in Afghanistan, Kandahar City, the capital of Kandahar Province, and Herat City, the capital of Herat Province, the third largest city in Afghanistan, have been occupied by the Taliban. Also on the 14th, Maimana, the capital of Faryab Province, was also occupied by the Taliban a month after being besieged.

Since the Afghan Taliban captured the first capital city on the 6th of this month, it has captured 22 of the country’s 34 capital cities, occupied about two-thirds of Afghanistan, and formed a siege to the capital Kabul. The trend.

Does the Chinese government intend to recognize the Afghan government in power by the Taliban? Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded

The regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs resumed after a two-week summer recess. Hua Chunying presided over the regular press conference. A reporter asked that we are concerned that the Taliban has entered Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and said that they are seeking a peaceful transfer of power. It is expected that all parties will hold negotiations in Qatar. Does the Chinese government intend to recognize or under what circumstances will recognize the government in power by the Taliban? If Afghanistan resumes Taliban rule, what will it mean for China?

In response, Hua Chunying stated that on the basis of fully respecting the national sovereignty of Afghanistan and the will of various domestic factions, China has maintained contact and communication with the Afghan Taliban and others, and has been playing a constructive role in promoting the political settlement of the Afghan issue. As everyone knows, on July 28, State Councilor Wang Yi met with Baradar, the head of the Afghan Taliban Political Committee, and his party in Tianjin. We hope that the Afghan Taliban and all parties and ethnic groups in Afghanistan can achieve a lasting political structure for Afghanistan. Lay the foundation for peace.

Hua Chunying said that the Afghan Taliban have expressed on many occasions that they hope to develop good relations with China and look forward to China's participation in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan, and will never allow any forces to use Afghan territory to do things that endanger China. We welcome this. For a long time, China has always respected the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, has never interfered in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, and has always pursued a friendly policy for all Afghan people. China respects the right of the Afghan people to independently determine their own destiny and future, and is willing to continue to develop good-neighborly and friendly cooperation with Afghanistan. Relations and play a constructive role in the peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Use China as a bargaining chip? Japan suddenly made an unexpected move, and Yoshihide Suga wanted to give Biden a big gift

In recent times, Japan and the United States have moved closer and closer, especially in terms of containment and suppression of China. First, Japanese politicians frequently made inappropriate Taiwan-related remarks. Then, Japan recently extended its hands to the Taiwan Strait and even revised its "medium-term defense plan" in advance to curb the so-called "marine expansion" actions of China.

On August 14th local time, according to Kyodo News Agency, the Japanese government has begun to revise the latest five-year "mid-term defense force reorganization plan" coordination operations for the 2019-2023 period in order to increase the funding of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. We should respond to China's increasingly tough attitude in the surrounding waters and prepare for the possible "Taiwan Strait conflict".

According to reports, the plan is referred to as "mid-term defense" and is responsible for determining Japan's total defense expenditure and the number of necessary defense equipment in the next five years. It is reported that the defense plan was organized and approved by the then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the end of 2018, and allocated 27.47 trillion yen (about 1.62 trillion yuan) for the Japanese Self-Defense Force to accelerate the progress of the preparation. According to the original plan, the defense plan was originally revised every three years, but the Yoshihide Suga government believes that the current "peripheral security situation is constantly changing" and therefore "it is necessary to make some changes."

Not only that, the report also pointed out that the Ministry of Defense of Japan has discussed the specific content of the new version of the "medium-term defense" plan with the National Security Agency a few days ago, and the budget issue will be reviewed by the Ministry of Finance of Japan. It is reported that the new version of "medium-term defense" not only further emphasizes the great "threat" China poses to Japan, but also threatens that Japan will prepare for the occurrence of "Taiwan Strait conflict." In addition, the Ministry of Defense of Japan also plans to increase Japan's defense spending in fiscal 2021 to 5.34 trillion yen (about 315.6 billion yuan) to speed up preparations for "preventing China."

It should be noted that regarding the Japanese government’s revision of the “medium-term defense” plan, the Japanese media also clamored that this move fulfilled part of the promise in the "U.S.-Japan Joint Statement," that is, "determined to strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities." The alliance between the two countries and the so-called ability to "maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region". On April 16, local time, US President Biden met with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House. At the joint press conference, the two emphasized that the US-Japan alliance is “unshakable” and will “jointly respond to the challenges brought by China” and build the so-called “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.”

Now that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is about to visit the United States again, many analysts believe that Japan's revision of its "medium-term defense" plan is a "meeting gift" for the United States. After all, for Yoshihide Suga, due to his poor governance, the approval rate fell below 30%, coupled with the trouble of the new crown epidemic and the empty venue for the Tokyo Olympics, which failed to stimulate the development of the Japanese economy, which caused domestic concerns. Seriously dissatisfied. Therefore, if Yoshihide Suga wants to keep his position as prime minister, he naturally needs the support of the United States. The revision of the "medium-term defense" plan to strengthen the response to the "threat" from China is a gift from Japan to the United States in an attempt to hug the "thigh" of the United States.

In fact, in response to Japan’s continuous promotion of the “China threat” in order to increase its annual defense expenditures, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has made it clear that Japan has openly promoted an arms race, exaggerated regional tensions, provoked national military confrontation, and even attempted Interfering in the Taiwan issue and interfering in China's internal affairs are extremely bad in nature. China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to this.

Zhao Lijian also pointed out that Japan's modern militarist aggression and expansion has brought serious disasters to the people of Asian countries, including China. As a defeated country in the Second World War, Japan frequently shouted, screamed, killed, and wrestled with spears. It was nothing more than breaking through the shackles of the post-war period and returning to the old path of military expansion. Japan has formed an alliance with the United States, which accounts for nearly 40% of the world's military expenditure, and flaunts its military power everywhere, and even accuses other countries of normal military development. This is extremely unreasonable. China urges the Japanese to self-examine, stop disrupting regional peace and stability, and stop spreading rumors and slandering China.

Published under Blog on 16 August, 2021.