More ‘Kabul moments’ await if Washington doesn’t learn its lesson, Foreign Ministry says in Beijing
The fall of Kabul a year ago was a failure of U.S. hegemony and the strategy of exporting democracy to the world, but Washington appears to have learned nothing from it, the spokesperson told reporters on Monday. speech of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Wenbin.
Asked about the Taliban’s takeover of the Afghan capital a year ago to date, Wang said the “The Kabul Moment” has become a “synonymous with the American debacle in Afghanistan”, adding that it represented multiple American failures.
“The ‘Kabul moment’ marks the failure of the ‘democratic transformation’ imposed by the United States”, Wang said, noting that the “The path to democracy varies from country to country and will not work if it is imposed from outside. Imposing American-style democracy on a country has invariably led to dysfunction and failure in its implementation.
Moreover, Wang added, Afghanistan also represents the failure of Washington’s coalition-centric approach. The United States and its allies occupied Afghanistan for 20 years, “to run away from him in a botched withdrawal. The self-styled ‘Leader of the West’ left his reputation in tatters when he decided to abandon his allies in the hasty retreat,” Wang said.
“More importantly, the ‘Kabul moment’ marks the failure of the US strategy of hegemony. Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has invaded and interfered in countries around the world under the guise of democracy and human rights, sowing discord and stoking confrontation in the name of its own geopolitical goals,” Wang said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson pointed out that the United States had seized $7 billion in Afghan assets to hinder the country’s reconstruction and development – something the Taliban government has denounced as “flight.” President Joe Biden “unfrozen”about half of the funds in February 2022, only to subject them to lawsuits from Americans suing for terrorism damages.
“The United States failed in Afghanistan. But he clearly did not learn the lesson. Wang said Monday, noting that Washington continues to “to engage in political interference and manipulation around the world in the name of democracy and human rights”. He warned that “acting against the grain of the times” will only lead to more “Kabul moments” in the future.
The Taliban took Kabul on August 15, 2021 as the US-backed Afghan government crumbled. US troops and their NATO allies airlifted around 130,000 people through Kabul airport over the next two weeks, leaving behind thousands of their translators and contractors. The last American soldier left shortly before midnight on August 31.