Strengthening its alliances between some of the most authoritarian and oppressive countries in the world, the Taliban will begin partnering with the United States’ biggest adversaries, President Joe Biden confirmed this week.
Biden stated during a press conference on Wednesday that China has agreed to work with the Taliban despite having “a real problem” with the militant group.
He added that Pakistan, Russia, and Iran will also join forces with the Taliban-led Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
“China has a real problem with the Taliban,” Biden told reporters. “So they’re going to try to work out some arrangement with the Taliban, I’m sure. As does Pakistan, as does Russia, as does Iran.”
Biden’s confirmation of reports initially published by South China Morning Post, a Chinese-controlled media outlet, comes just days after it reported the Taliban sees China as its “most important partner,” and representative of “a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity” for them.
The Taliban reportedly believes that China “is ready to invest [in] and rebuild” a war-torn Afghanistan that was controlled by the U.S. for 20 years.
Despite China’s newfound relationship with the Taliban, the country is reportedly calling on the United States to join them in this effort, Reuters reported.
“While respecting the sovereignty of Afghanistan, the U.S. should take concrete action to help Afghanistan fight terrorism and stop violence, rather than playing double standards or fighting terrorism selectively,” said Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday.
The State Department is considering continuing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan if the Taliban cooperates with the U.S. government.