China to increase imports from Afghanistan
Xi stated this while meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek.
Xi said that China and Afghanistan are neighbours that enjoy traditional friendship and strategic cooperation.
He said that China is willing to deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation with Afghanistan in various sectors within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, steadily promote practical cooperation in economy and trade, and support the two countries’ enterprises to strengthen cooperation based on the principles of mutual benefit and win-win outcomes, he said.
According to Xi, China will continue to help Afghanistan build its capacity in fighting terrorism and maintaining stability.
He called on the Afghan side to continue to firmly support in its fight against East Turkistan Islamic Movement.
The Chinese side firmly supports a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, and will continue to actively encourage and promote talks through various channels to help the Afghan people achieve internal dialogue, Xi said.
China supports Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations, enhance mutual trust and carry out cooperation, and is ready to further promote the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation, he said.
For his part, Ghani called regional anti-terror cooperation post-Taliban peace deal crucial. He also emphasized on the importance of Pakistan’s cooperation in the Afghan peace process.
Afghanistan stands ready to align its plan of reconstruction and development with the BRI and set up an even closer trade and economic partnership with China, Ghani said.