Beijing offers Kabul expanded military assistance
Demonstrative of China’s willingness to deepen its engagement with the war-torn country, the offer was recently held out to the Ministry of Defence.
The offer came during a visit at the end of February by a Chinese military delegation led by General Fang Fenghui, chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People’s Liberation Army.
Deputy spokesman for the ministry Mohammad Radmanishwas quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal that Kabul might seek light weapons, aircraft parts and uniforms from Beijing.
“A commission has been assigned to make the wish list,” he told the newspaper, which reported China’s total military aid to Afghanistan amounted to more than $70 million.
Military links between Afghanistan and China have been expanding in recent years, according to the Defence Ministry in Beijing, which has hinted at deeper cooperation, including in training Afghan forces.
In a statement, the ministry said both sides were willing to deepen military exchanges and boost counterterrorismand training cooperation in the interest of regional security.
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