Hua: Beijing has hoped and encoruaged the Afghan Taliban to follow through on its positive statements.
After major changes took place in Afghanistan recently, the leaders and the spokesperson of the Afghan Taliban have said publicly through different channels that the Afghan Taliban would resolve problems the people face, meet people’s aspirations and stay committed to forming an open and inclusive Islamic government.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a press briefing that China encourages and hopes that the Afghan Taliban can follow through its positive statements, unite with all parties and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, establish a broadly-based, inclusive political framework that fits the national conditions and wins public support through dialogue and consultation as soon as possible, and adopt moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policies.
Noting that nothing stays unchanged, Hua said that when understanding and handling problems, we should adopt a holistic, interconnected and developmental dialectical approach, and look at both the past and the present. We need to not only listen to what they say, but also look at what they do.
“If we do not keep pace with the times, but stick to fixed mindset and ignore the development of the situation, we will never reach a conclusion that is in line with reality,” Hua said.
“In fact, the rapid evolution of the situation in Afghanistan also reveals how the outside world lacked objective judgment on the local situation and accurate understanding of the public opinion there,” Hua said, adding that some Western countries in particular should learn some lessons in this respect.
Hua was born in Huai’an, Jiangsu. Both her parents were officials; her father was formerly Secretary of the Discipline Inspection Commission of the Communist Party of China in Huai’an County, and her mother was the Deputy Director of a local district.She graduated from Nanjing University in 1992, where she majored in English language at the School of Foreign Languages.
After graduation, Hua was appointed as an official to the Department of Western Europe. Over a period of 20 years, Hua worked her way up to the position of spokeswoman. After 1995, she spent four years in Singapore as an attaché. During 2003 to 2010, she was promoted from her position as secretary to that of counselor in China’s Mission to the European Union.
Hua has criticized the US plea to release Pu Zhiqiang saying “I think lots of people have the same feeling with me, that some people in the United States have hearts that are too big and hands that are too long. Washington should address human rights problems at home and stop trying to be the world’s policeman or judge.”