Taliban’s handover of military bases to China and Pakistan ‘purely fake’: Spokesperson

BEIJING, Sep. 8 (INP): China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson responded ‘purely fake’ to Indian media’s groundless report on Taliban’s handover of military bases to China and Pakistan at a routine press conference, Gowdar Pro reported on Wednesday.

According to an Indian paper named The Pioneer, Taliban can hand over Afghan airbase Bagram to China, and Kandahar base to Pakistan for operational purposes. Based on the source of this paper, China and Taliban are discussing this matter, and Pakistan Air Force engineers are inspecting all the five former US airbases in Afghanistan.

Commenting on the verification from a reporter of TASS, “I can tell you this is purely fake news,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

On Sep. 6, Wang Wenbin just highlighted China’s position on the Afghan issue as ‘clear and consistent’.

“We always respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and support the Afghan people in independently choosing a development path suited to their national conditions.

We also support Afghanistan in forming an open, inclusive and broadly representative government, pursuing moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policies, resolutely fighting against all kinds of terrorist forces and developing friendly relations with other countries, especially neighboring countries,” he said at the press conference.

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