China to reopen Afghan visas, exempt Afghan imports from tax

On Friday, the Chinese foreign ministry announced that China would resume issuing visas to Afghans on August 1, allowing 98% of Afghan imports into the country duty-free.

According to a statement on the ministry’s website, Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the steps when he met Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed foreign affairs chief in Uzbekistan on Thursday.

According to the statement, Wang also conveyed China’s support for extending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor into Afghanistan to acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.

After the Taliban’s takeover, Afghanistan’s economy plummeted, with the central bank’s foreign reserves blocked, Washington and other donors suspending help, and the United States ceasing hard cash delivery. China has not yet recognized the Taliban government officially.

He also underlined his demand that the West cease its sanctions against Afghanistan.