China to provide equipment, training to Afghanistan

Xi Jinping pledges Chinese security equipment and training assistance to Afghanistan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday said to his Afghan counterpart that China will provide security equipment and training to Afghanistan.

Xi’s promise came after Chinese officials observed the first peace talks between Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to end more than a decade-long war in Afghanistan, where Taliban has been fighting to establish its own regime.

"Increasing security cooperation suits both countries' interests. China will continue to supply Afghanistan with security supplies, technology, equipment and training assistance," said the Chinese president to the Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani in Russia, during a BRICS meeting.

The BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national markets - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - which corresponds to almost 42 percent of the world’s population in more than a quarter of the world’s surface area together with 20 percent of the world’s total GDP.

The Chinese president gave no further detail about the assistance China will lend to Afghanistan, but he said China is not planning to replace the departing NATO troops in the country.

Taliban militants intensified their activities after the Afghan government signed a Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States, and later inked the same pact with NATO after the Alliance’s ISAF mission ended at the end of 2014.

The US pledged to keep an additional 1,000 soldiers in Afghanistan this year, bringing the number of its residual troops there to 10,800 in years to come.

In late April, the Taliban announced it started their “spring offensive,” taking advantage of Afghan security forces’ unprepared conditions after foreign forces had started withdrawing their missions in the country.


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