Recently, the U.S. decision to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan has attracted worldwide media attention. However, according to many media follow-up reports, this is not because the United States “conscience discovered”, but because the United States wants to devote more resources to China.
On the evening of April 15, local time, a senior Biden administration official reiterated plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan in order to move more resources to the Indo-Pacific region, Russian satellite networks reported.
Earlier this week, Biden declared that instead of returning to the war against the Taliban, he would focus U.S. military power on supporting U.S. competitiveness against an increasingly “tough” China.
“I think one of the reasons the president and his team are taking cautious action on Afghanistan is actually to free up (more) time, energy and resources from senior leadership and the military to focus on what we think are fundamental challenges of the 21st century, which are basically in the Indo-Pacific region,” the senior official said. ”
It’s worth noting that Biden, discussing the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on April 14, stressed that a U.S. withdrawal would mean that other countries in the region, including China, Russia, Pakistan, Russia, India and Turkey, should do more to support Afghanistan (for peace) because “the stable future of Afghanistan has a big stake in them.”
In other words, the U.S. may be trying to use Afghanistan to energies neighboring countries, including China.
On April 15, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, responding to Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, said that the current security situation in Afghanistan remains complex and serious, and the issue of terrorism is far from being resolved.
He said that China’s position has always been clear that foreign troops in Afghanistan should withdraw in a responsible and orderly manner to ensure a smooth transition of the situation in Afghanistan and to avoid terrorist forces taking advantage of the chaos.
The United States is the biggest external factor affecting the Afghan issue, and the relevant decisions and actions of the United States should fully respect the sovereign independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, effectively assume its responsibility to safeguard the achievements of peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan, and fully take into account the legitimate security concerns of regional countries.
Zhao said the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is linked to the so-called response to China’s challenges, reflecting some people’s dark psychology and deep-rooted Cold War zero-sum thinking, undermining mutual trust between China and the U.S. and not conducive to coordination and cooperation on international and regional issues.
‘I would like to emphasize that it is in the common interest of all parties concerned, including China and the United States, to resolve the Afghan issue through political means, to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan at an early date, and to combat terrorism, which is also the common expectation of the international community, ‘ he said.