Yang Jiechi Meets with Afghan President Karzai
On December 5, 2011, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of an international conference on Afghanistan held in Bonn, Germany.
The relations between China and Afghanistan had made new progress with the joint efforts of both sides, Yang said. China would provide further support in accordance with its own capacity in light of the Afghan needs, said Yang. China would attach special importance in terms of tapping up the resources, infrastructure, energy and training program in support of Afghanistan.
This meeting is of great significance, Yang said, reaffirming Chinese position for appealing to the international community in actively supporting the peaceful reconstruction in Afghanistan and self-administration. He said China would continue to firmly support Afghanistan's own efforts in maintaining independence, the integrity of sovereignty and territory, and enhancing peace, stability and development.
Karzai expressed his gratitude for Chinese support for Afghanistan's presiding over this conference in Bonn, as well as the long-term help to Afghanistan. He appreciated China's positive role in safeguarding peace and development in Asia, adding that his country attaches great importance to relations with China. Afghanistan would unswervingly adhere to the one-China policy and support China's positions on issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. He also voiced hopes to enhance the cooperation with China in the political, economic and other sectors to uplift the level of bilateral ties. He said economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has huge potential and welcomed more Chinese companies to invest in Afghanistan, which he said is conducive to Afghanistan's development. Afghanistan expected further support from China during its future peace reconstruction process, he added.