China received a delegation from the Taliban amid the offensive against Afghan forces.

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The Xi Jinping regime invited representatives of the insurgents, who have gained control of numerous territories and a vital border crossing with Pakistan after the withdrawal of US troops.

A delegation of the Taliban led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar visited China on Wednesday. They met with the country's foreign minister amid an offensive by insurgents in Afghanistan that has allowed them to gain control of numerous districts.

Among the rapid seizures of new territories after the withdrawal of international forces on May 1 includes a vital border crossing with Pakistan, the reopening of which represents an additional injection of funds for the insurgents' coffers.

The Taliban's political office leader in Qatar, Mullah Baradar, met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other senior officials of the Xi Jinping regime on Wednesday.

"The two countries exchanged views on political, economic and security issues."

The insurgents' political spokesman, Naeem Wardak, said that Baradar arrived in China yesterday at the head of a nine-member delegation after being officially invited by Beijing.

"Apart from the political, economic, and security issues of the two countries, views were also exchanged on the current situation in Afghanistan and the peace process," Wardak said. "

China, according to the version of the Taliban, "affirmed the expansion and continuity of its aid to the Afghan nation" and that "it will not interfere in the affairs of Afghanistan." Beijing also pledged to "help solve problems and bring peace" to Afghanistan, Wardak concluded.

China, which shares some 60 kilometers of border with Afghanistan, seeks to avoid being affected by hostilities in its neighboring country and already received a Taliban delegation in 2019. This trip to China is one more in a series of visits made by the Taliban to various neighboring countries of Afghanistan, the last on July 7 when an insurgent delegation visited Iran to discuss "bilateral issues."

RAPID OFFENSIVE

In recent months, the Taliban have stepped up their offensive in Afghanistan, capturing at least 125 of the country's 407 districts, unprecedented in two decades of conflict. The increase in violence coincides with the beginning of the final phase of withdrawal of US and NATO troops, on May 1. Washington hopes to end this August.

The rapid advance of the insurgent formation has cast doubt on the ability of the Afghan forces to contain the offensive.

The Afghan authorities have been forced to impose a night curfew in many cities. In contrast, the United States has had to continue its air support to the Afghan defense forces to try to give Kabul a breather.

OPENING OF THE BORDER POST WITH PAKISTAN

One of the victories, symbolic and now monetary, against the Afghan government is capturing the key Waesh / Chaman border point between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Taliban have begun to collect taxes on the transport of goods a day after Islamabad decided to open the border, a Border Police official told Efe, who requested anonymity. "The Taliban have imposed new tariffs and have begun to collect taxes on goods destined for Afghanistan or arriving in Pakistan," the official said.

The number of trucks passing through this border point, which gives Kabul access to the seaport of the Pakistani city of Karachi, has dropped from about a thousand a day to just over a hundred. But the fact that Pakistan has decided to open the border "after consulting with the Taliban on the Afghan side," according to the official, boosts the insurgents.

Chamar is one of the critical border posts they have captured in recent months. The Taliban had pledged to reopen them under their control.

In addition, the vice president of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce, Imran Khan Kakar, explained to Efe that the problem is not the Taliban.

The real problems are the insecurity that has reduced the transit of goods and the "unjustified" double tax since the carriers are forced to pay first to the insurgents and then to the Afghan government when they arrive in the capital of the southern province of Kandahar.

PEACE NEGOTIATIONS

Although both parties to the conflict have stated that the only way to end two decades of war in Afghanistan is at the negotiating table, the intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha have produced no concrete results.

In this sense, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, affirmed today during an official visit to India that "the only way to resolve the conflict peacefully is the negotiating table" while criticizing the Taliban's attempt. of "taking the country by force."