Facing increasing international isolation, China now becomes the first country to appoint a full time ambassador to Afghanistan after the fall of Kabul and the return of the Taliban regime. The newly appointed envoy presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Maulvi Amir Khan Muttaqi.
There is no confirmation from Beijing if this is a precursor to the formal recognition of the Taliban regime. On its part, Taliban welcomed the new appointment and said that this is a significant step with significant message.
After Zhao Sheng assumed office of Chinese envoy to Afghanistan, Chinese foreign ministry said that this is a normal rotation of ambassador position and that the country’s policy towards the Taliban ruled nation is clear and consistent.