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China Denies Reports on Building Military Base in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

China on Wednesday rejected that it planned to build a military base in Afghanistan, after media reported Beijing was constructing a training camp for Afghan troops to which it could also send its own soldiers.

“These reports are not true,” Hua Chunying China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told at a briefing.

The South China Morning Post reported that China has started building a training camp for Afghan troops in a narrow corridor that connects the two countries – a project Beijing is fully funding to help its neighbor improve counterterrorism efforts, sources close to the military claimed.

In the meantime, the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) declared that no practical measures have been taken so far but bargaining on the issue is underway.

“The vague policies of NATO and U.S. have made the Russia and China to interfere such as bombarding Takhar province and building military base in Wakhan area of Badakhshan. These are clear examples of their direct interference,” Jawid Kohestani, a military analyst asserted.

Badakhshan province has a common border for several tens of kilometers with the Chinese state of Xinjiang, the origins of groups such as Uyghur militants. Experts are said to believe that China is trying to prevent these threats.

“China is concerning over the presence of Uyghur militants and tries to strengthening its military presence in Afghanistan,” Asadullah Nadim, another military analyst added.

It was not the first time reports have pointed to China seeking a military presence in Afghanistan, although it has denied all of them.

In January, the defense ministry denied a similar report that it planned to build a military base in Afghanistan.

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Attempt to smuggle weapons from Afghanistan foiled

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(Last Updated On: December 8, 2022)

Customs authorities at Torkham border foiled an attempt to smuggle arms and ammunition from Afghanistan into Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday.

An official who displayed the weapons said that action was taken after they received a tip-off and stopped a loaded truck with registration No. E-3657 as it crossed the border. He said the truck was loaded with pomegranates being exported from Afghanistan.

The customs chief said the collector appraisement official for Peshawar, Amjadur Rehman and his team searched the truck and recovered 16 US-made automatic firearms and ammunition. The arms were concealed in hidden cavities in the truck.

Muhammad Salim said that the driver of the truck fled from the scene. However, they launched an investigation. He said the seized arms are banned in Pakistan and could be used in terrorism related incidents.

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Nearly 900,000 children in Afghanistan suffer from excessive weight loss

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that it urgently needs help to treat children and deal with the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, UNICEF announced that about 875,000 children in Afghanistan suffer from excessive weight loss. The children’s charity says it needs help to treat children and prevent further malnutrition in 2023.

On the other hand, UNICEF announced on Tuesday through a humanitarian appeal that children are facing a historic confluence of crises around the world.

The agency has requested $10.3 billion for 2023 to address the plight of 110 million children worldwide.

Recently, the United Nations announced that 97 percent of the Afghan population lives below the poverty line.

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IEA defense minister meets Dubai ruler, US envoy

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(Last Updated On: December 7, 2022)

Acting Defense Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Mawlavi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai on Tuesday.

Mujahid also met with Afghan businessmen based in the UAE, the ministry said in a statement.

In his meeting with the Dubai ruler, both sides discussed the strengthening of ties between Afghanistan and the UAE and the facilitation of business services for businessmen and other important issues, said the statement.

In addition, Mujahid met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Tomas West in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

According to a statement, both sides discussed the current situation in Afghanistan.

Mujahid assured the US Special Representative that all the borders are secure in Afghanistan, saying that there is no threat from Afghan territory to the countries of the region and the world.

Afghan soil has never been used against any other country and never will be used, said Mujahid

He also told West that the world should respect the territorial integrity of Afghanistan.

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