China returns its citizens from Afghanistan before the completion of the US withdrawal
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Kuwait City, July 10: After US President Joe Biden pledged, Thursday, to withdraw the last soldier from Afghanistan on August 31, nearly 20 years after US forces entered Afghanistan, the situation in the country has become chaotic, as the Taliban took advantage of the opportunity and began to control large areas.

As the pace of US troop withdrawal accelerated, China brought back 210 of its nationals from Afghanistan, according to the airline the Chinese government uses to fly them home.

A Xiamen Airlines plane from Kabul to Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei carried these nationals on July 2, the company announced on social media, Thursday.

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“The Chinese government has advised them to leave the country as soon as possible to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals in Afghanistan, and has provided necessary assistance, without specifying whether or how many Chinese are still in the country,” a statement issued by the Consular Affairs Department said.

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In recent weeks, Beijing has criticized what it described as Washington’s “hasty and chaotic” withdrawal.

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“The United States is ignoring its responsibilities and duties by hastily withdrawing its forces, thus giving way to chaos and war to the Afghan people and countries in the region,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Friday.

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