South China Morning Post
China hosts Taliban delegation to discuss Afghan peace process, counterterrorism issues
* Beijing has paid great attention to the evolving situation in Afghanistan in recent years, foreign ministry says
* China supports Afghans resolving their problems themselves through talks
China recently played host to a Taliban delegation as part of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Beijing said on Thursday.
Representatives of the fundamentalist movement, which has been fighting for years to expel foreign forces and defeat the US-backed government in Kabul, have been holding talks with US diplomats for months.
The focus has been the Taliban’s demand for the withdrawal of US and other foreign forces in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used as a base for militant attacks.
Taliban negotiators have also met senior Afghan politicians and civil society representatives, including in Moscow recently, as part of a so-called intra-Afghan dialogue to discuss their country’s future.