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'China will not take position on internal politics of Afghan'

China has told Afghanistan that it will not take a position on the country's internal politics as the ground swell for a reconciliation grows in the nation torn apart by armed conflict.

world Updated: Mar 25, 2010 18:35 IST

China has told Afghanistan that it will not take a position on the country's internal politics as the ground swell for a reconciliation grows in the nation torn apart by armed conflict.

The Chinese reassurance was given to visiting President Hamid Karzai as he met the country's top leaders.

"Afghan people have the will and the strength to achieve national reconciliation, economic development and national stability," Qin Gang, the foreign ministry spokesman, said after Karzai had a long meeting Wu Bangguo, Chinese Communist Party's second-highest ranking official.

Qin comments assumes significance as China is one of Afghanistan's giant neighbours and has very close ties to Pakistan. The Chinese have so far desisted from making any public comment on Taliban.

"We hope to see Afghanistan achieve peace stability and development. China has supported and actively participated in its peaceful reconstruction," Qin Gang told media.

"International community should respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity as we all as the interdependence of Afghan people," he said.

China has also not committed to any proactive role to stabilise Afghanistan as sought by a NATO. But the Chinese leaders made it clear that they backed increased economic cooperation with Afghanistan.

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in an interview to television channel yesterday said that the international forces should develop partnership with China to solve problems in Afghanistan.

"China could play role in civilian development of Afghanistan," he said.

Anders comments came as Karzai on a three-day visit to Beijing held talks with President Hu Jintao yesterday followed by a meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao today.

China shares borders with Afghanistan through the Wakhan corridor connecting its trouble prone Muslim Uyghur dominated Xinjiang province to Faizabad region.

The two countries signed three-pacts yesterday after Karzai and Hu talks covering strengthening economic cooperation, technical training and granting of preferential tariffs for some Afghan products.

There was no word here yet whether Karzai himself has sought Chinese military and political assistance in the fight against Taliban in his country.

Media reports ahead of his visit said Karzai may also invite China to take a proactive role, specially in military operations against Taliban.