The Heat: Afghanistan Meeting in China

The Heat


Representatives from China, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan met in Tunxi in eastern China to discuss the future of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

Peace in the region is critical for the success of major Chinese projects including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. President Xi Jinping sent a message to the group urging cooperation stating, “Afghanistan’s neighbors should do their best to build consensus and coordinate with each other to support the Afghan people in creating a bright future.”

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan last August, it has not been recognized by any country. Afghan assets also remain frozen contributing to a worsening humanitarian crisis. The United Nations is now seeking $4.4 billion in aid. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it’s “the world’s largest appeal for a single country.” 

Joining the discussion:

  •  Sayed Fahim Sadat is the Head of the Department of Masters in International Relations at Kardan University.
  • Anton Fedyashin is a Professor of History at American University. 
  • Ahmad Shah Mohibi is the Founder and President of Rise to Peace.
  • Victor Gao is the Chair Professor at Soochow University.

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