China appoints Afghanistan special envoy as it prepares to play greater role after US troop withdrawal | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

China appoints Afghanistan special envoy as it prepares to play greater role after US troop withdrawal

China has appointed Yue Xiaoyong, a veteran diplomat with experience in the US and Middle East, as its new special envoy to Afghanistan.

Yue is replacing Liu Jian, who was only appointed to the post a year ago. Diplomatic observers said his appointment was a signal that Beijing was willing to play a greater role in the country following the US troop withdrawal.

“China has always been proactively involved in and pushing for the Afghan peace process,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing on Wednesday.

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