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China Uses Afghan Disaster To Slam Biden, Us For ‘Violation Of Human Rights’

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For Beijing’s propaganda mill, the Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan has been a gift.

It’s not just that it happened. The collapse of the U. S.-backed government, the speed at which it happened and the horrifying, ongoing disaster of a withdrawal have been greeted with joy by the Chinese Communist Party, a delight only slightly hidden behind a veneer of outrage.

As part of China’s propaganda offensive, the country’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council said last week that the U. S. military ought to be held responsible for human rights abuses in the failed state.

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“During a session on reports of Taliban abuses, Chinese Ambassador Chen Xu gave no details of the alleged violations in the nearly 20 years since U. S. troops entered Afghanistan to fight the Islamist militant Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks,” Reuters reported Tuesday.

“However, Amnesty International has previously said that thousands of Afghans have been killed or injured by U. S. forces of which few have been brought to justice. The U.S. Department of Defense at the time defended its efforts to avoid casualties.”

“The U. S., U.K., Australia and other countries must be held accountable for the violation of human rights committed by their military in Afghanistan and the evolution of this current session should cover this issue,” Chen told the Human Rights Council.

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What’s more, he blamed, among other things, “democracy” for this.

“Under the banner of democracy and human rights, the U. S. and other countries carry out military interventions in other sovereign states and impose their own model on countries with vastly different history and culture,” Chen said.

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This, he added, had caused “great suffering.”

China has a clear agenda in Afghanistan, and Beijing’s rulers have been betting on the Taliban as a winning horse for some time now.

In July, the BBC reported, the government hosted a senior Taliban delegation in Tianjin. Foreign minister Wang Yi said his expectation was the Taliban would “play an important role in the country’s peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process.”

Furthermore, during his speech, Chen noted that China “will continue developing a good neighborly, friendly and cooperative relationship with Afghanistan and continue our constructive role in its process of peace and reconstruction.”

Given that China never fought in Afghanistan, it’s in a position to make nice with the Taliban — and, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp., the Chinese Embassy in Kabul said it would be focused on developing infrastructure in the country.

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“China’s offer for the Taliban seems to be ‘infrastructure for peace,’” said professor Gu Xuewu, director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Bonn in Germany, according to the ABC.

“Providing an overall new infrastructure system for Afghanistan — from highways to telecommunication, from hospital to schools — would strengthen China’s influence in the country and beyond.”

Of course, this olive branch will do nothing more than prop up an oppressive dictatorship by a group known for its human rights abuses, particularly toward religious minorities and women. That doesn’t matter to Beijing, since human rights have never been a concern of the Chinese Communist Party.

But now, thanks to President Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, China gets to pretend it actuall… (Read more)

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