China tells its nationals to leave Afghanistan urgently as violence spirals
- Citizens and organisations should strengthen emergency preparedness with security situation ‘becoming more severe and complicated’, Chinese embassy says
- Withdrawal of US and Nato troops has been blamed by Beijing for a wave of attacks
China’s embassy in Afghanistan said on Saturday that Chinese citizens and organisations needed to take extra precautions and strengthen their emergency preparedness as the situation deteriorated.
“This year, the conflicts in Afghanistan are constant, the terrorist attacks are frequent and the security situation is becoming more severe and complicated,” the embassy said in a notice, urging Chinese citizens to “be more cautious” and to “urgently depart from the country through international commercial flights”.
China tells its nationals to leave Afghanistan as violence spirals ahead of US withdrawal
A series of explosions at a girls’ school in Kabul last month killed more than 60 people, and the Taliban has ramped up its attacks in its takeover of strategic districts ahead of the complete withdrawal of US troops by September 11, with heavy casualties in fighting between the militants and Afghan forces.
The White House said in a statement on Sunday that the US would remain “deeply engaged” with Afghanistan to ensure that the country “never again becomes a safe haven for terrorist groups who pose a threat to the US homeland”.
But the Pentagon’s top leaders have warned of the consequences of the complete and unconditional withdrawal from Afghanistan, including the risk of an extremist group such as al-Qaeda regrouping there in the coming years.
Taliban eyes victory as US forces and allies withdraw from Afghanistan
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a meeting with Afghanistan and Pakistan in June that the accelerated withdrawal of US troops posed a “challenge” to Afghanistan, but could be beneficial for the country’s long-term security.