US President Joe Biden said China will have issues dealing with the Taliban following the complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a White House press pool report.
“China has a real problem with the Taliban,” the US president said on Tuesday when asked if China will fund the Taliban.
Biden said he expects neighboring countries like China, Pakistan, Russia, and Iran to work out arrangements with the Taliban.
The Taliban had earlier reiterated Afghanistan’s friendly attitude toward China and its willingness to prevent any forces from using Afghan soil to threaten China.
The extremist movement also voiced hopes to continue cooperation as part of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure project.
On Tuesday, the Taliban unveiled their caretaker government with Hasan Akhund, who has been under UN sanctions since 2001, at the helm. The movement’s leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, said that Sharia law would be in force in Afghanistan.
The Taliban reportedly sent Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, Qatar and Pakistan invitations to attend the event dedicated to the announcement of the new Afghan government.