China mocks US over Afghanistan — RT World News


Foreign Ministry spokesperson pitted Beijing’s aid to quake-hit country against hasty US withdrawal

The same type of aircraft the United States used for its chaotic withdrawal from war-torn Afghanistan, China is now deploying to deliver supplies for the reconstruction of the country’s province hit by a major earthquake, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson in Beijing said on Twitter on Friday. .

“Similar transport aircraft, different missions in Afghanistan”, Zhao Lijian tweeted. He accompanied this with a screenshot with English subtitles: “American planes brought people out after the destruction, Chinese planes brought relief for reconstruction.”

One of the images is the iconic photo of the American C-17 Globemaster III attempting to take off from Kabul in August 2021, surrounded by desperate Afghans trying to hold on. Below is a photo of the Chinese transport Xian Y-20, delivering aid pallets last week.

Zhao’s still looks like a video circulating in China pitting the relief effort against the US scramble to leave Afghanistan in August 2021, as the Taliban took power in Kabul and the government backed by the United States collapsed.

Two of Afghanistan’s provinces bordering Pakistan, Khost and Paktika, were hit by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake on June 22. Initial reports put the death toll at 700, with twice as many injured.

China responded to the earthquake in Afghanistan by announcing aid of 50 million yuan ($7.5 million). Videos and photos show the People’s Liberation Army Air Force airlifting some of the aid to Kabul airport.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) said it sent $55 million in aid, including emergency supplies, to earthquake victims in Afghanistan. Aid had to be channeled through partner organizations such as the IOM, as Washington does not recognize the Taliban government, however.

Friday’s needling by Zhao is not the first time the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has mocked the United States over Afghanistan. In September last year, about a week after the last US troops left, he posted a video of the Taliban playing in the wreckage of a US-made plane, captioned “graveyard of empires”.

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