China slams US amid Afghanistan crisis, says 'Washington left behind a horrible mess'
On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that Washington had left Afghanistan with "a horrible tangle of instability, division, and shattered families."
China accused Washington on Tuesday of "leaving a horrible mess" in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power, triggering a chaotic departure of US soldiers and allies.
Faced with criticism over the disorganised departure of American soldiers after 20 years of US-led military operations, President Joe Biden defended the drawdown on Monday, blaming Afghan forces for being "unwilling to fight for themselves."
However, on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that Washington had left Afghanistan with "a horrible tangle of instability, division, and shattered families." At a regular press briefing, she further said that Washington's strength and role are destruction, not construction. Hua stated on Monday that China is willing to maintain "friendly and constructive" relations with Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
She urged the incoming Afghan administration to "sever ties with international forces" and "avoid Afghanistan from becoming a gathering ground for terrorists and extremists again."
For the unaware, China and Afghanistan have a 76-kilometer (47-mile) border. Beijing has long feared that the neighbour might become a staging ground for minority Uyghur rebels in Xinjiang's sensitive border region.