China, Pakistan take swipes at Trump’s Afghan policy
BEIJING — The top diplomats from China and Pakistan took swipes at President Trump’s newly unveiled Afghanistan policy on Friday as they called for new talks with the Taliban to resolve the 16-year conflict.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing stood firmly behind its ‘‘ironclad friend’’ Pakistan, even though ‘‘some countries’’ did not give Islamabad the credit it deserved in fighting terrorism, a pointed reference to the United States.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s first trip abroad to Beijing this week appeared to highlight how ties between the allies have grown even closer while Pakistan’s critical relationship with the US is disintegrating.
Wang and Asif announced that China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan will hold a new series of three-way talks to push forward settlement negotiations with the Taliban while the US doubles down on its military campaign.