China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao recently tweeted a video of what looks to be Taliban members playing with an abandoned US military plane in an attempt to parody the ‘chaotic’ US pullout from Afghanistan.
According to the alleged footage, multiple persons can be seen converting the US plane into a toy. They were laughing and having a good time while playing with it.
“The EMPIRES’ and their WAR MACHINES’ cemetery. Taliban fighters have repurposed their jets into swings and toys “Zhao accompanied the video with a tweet.
Following the US exit from Afghanistan, China has been attempting to poke fun at Washington for its quick withdrawal, despite analysts’ claims that Beijing aided the Taliban’s rise in Kabul.
Whether it’s about human rights violations or freedom of expression, the Taliban and China share a common platform, as the former is far more radical and rigid, while the latter, despite a lengthy history of progress, continues to treat its people as slaves, DW stated, citing media reports.
Prior to the fall of Kabul, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met formally in Tianjin with a nine-member Taliban delegation, which included Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and deputy commander of the hardline Muslim organisation.
The meeting itself was not unexpected – the Taliban have previously met in China – but the manner in which China advertised it was. Indeed, Wang openly recognised the Taliban as a “critical military and political organisation in Afghanistan” that “is expected to play a significant role in the country’s peace, reconciliation, and reconstruction processes.”
This unusual Chinese confirmation provided the Taliban with much-needed legitimacy on the world stage, and many governments continue to classify the Taliban as a terrorist group.
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