(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report
KABUL: Chinese Ambassador Liu Jinsong met with a team of
Afghan politicians from various political parties who had recently visited
China at the embassy. Liu congratulated them on their productive trip, citing a
Chinese proverb 'it is better to see once than hear a hundred times'.
Only if Afghan friends have visited places in China,
including inland provinces, border regions, and rural areas, can they get a
true understanding of how China has transformed over the past 40 years and how
absurd some Western media are when they report on China, Liu told them.
'Only in this way can they see how China provides regional
autonomy for ethnic minorities and freedom of religious belief, and why China
is and will continue to be the largest developing nation in the world.'
He attributed what China has achieved over the past 70 years
to the leadership of the ruling party and the hard work of the Chinese people,
the reform and opening-up policies and ideological emancipation, as well as
national unity and social stability.
Liu attributed the prosperity and harmony in Ningxia and
Xinjiang, the two Muslim-concentrated autonomous regions that the Afghan team
visited, to the government's law-based administration of religious affairs and
firm containment of terrorism, extremism, and separatism.
He further went on saying that how his homeland of Xinjiang
promotes legal education, improves people's welfare, and establishes legal
vocational training centers, which are preventative counter-terrorism attempts
that have sought foreign lessons and will benefit China and its neighbors.
Both China and Afghanistan experience terrorism and are at
the forefront of efforts to counter terrorism and extremism; other countries
are not qualified to judge the two countries' internal affairs or
counter-terrorism efforts, Liu said.
He encouraged vibrant multifaceted bilateral exchanges
between the two countries' political parties, parliaments, local authorities,
think tanks, youth, women, etc. Liu believes Chinese and Afghanis from all
walks of life can forge a strong relationship via exchanges.
He also believes Afghan politicians would be more confident
about the prospect of Afghanistan's involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative
after they have personally witnessed the rejuvenation of the ancient Silk Road
in Ningxia and Xinjiang.
The Afghan politicians thanked the Chinese side for
welcoming them during the visit, which impressed and benefited every member of
the team. They visited mosques, Islamic institutes, markets, and enterprises in
Xinjiang and Ningxia and experienced the local way of life.
Chinese people are hard-working, gritty, and perseverant,
and various ethnic groups live in harmony and enjoy the freedom of religious
belief. Afghanistan, also a multiethnic country, needs to learn from Chinese
experiences, the Afghan politicians said.
Despite a difference in political opinions, various Afghan
political parties are universally friendly towards China, which has earned
their trust and respect as a nation that is not involved in profiteering or
geopolitical games, the Afghan politicians remarked.
Citing Prophet Mohammed's (PBUH) words 'seeking knowledge,
even far away in China', the Afghan politicians hope to learn Chinese wisdom
and plans, collaborate with China on the BRI, and expect China to play a bigger
role in Afghan reconciliation and reconstruction.