China Becomes First Country to Name New Ambassador for Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan

china becomes first country to name new ambassador for taliban-ruled afghanistan

Kabul: China has officially become the first country to name a new ambassador to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The new envoy, Zhao Xing, presented his credentials at a ceremony in the capital. This move from China comes two years after the Taliban took over.

The majority of countries across the globe have still not recognised the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. However, it remains unclear if Beijing sending an ambassador means they are legitimising the extremist rule.

As per a Reuters report, the Chinese foreign ministry has stated that this is “a normal rotation of China’s ambassador to Afghanistan.”

“This is intended to continue advancing dialogue and cooperation between China and Afghanistan. China’s policy towards Afghanistan is clear and consistent,” the foreign ministry added further.

Speaking to Reuters, Taliban officials from the Afghan foreign ministry have stated that China is the first country to send an ambassador since August 2021. On August 15, 2021, the Taliban overthrew the government and took control of the country. After their takeover, US-led forces withdrew from the country after 20 years.

Acting Prime Minister of the Taliban, Mohammad Hassan Akhund, acknowledged these credentials and welcomed Xing to his new post.

The Taliban government also published photos of the new ambassador and the credential ceremony, which took place at the Afghan Presidential Palace.

The Chinese ambassador Zhao Xing was received by the Taliban’s acting Prime Minister and the acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi. Xing’s appointment comes as the previous ambassador Wang Yu completed his tenure as the ambassador in July 2023.

(With inputs from Reuters)