More “Kabul moments” await if Washington fails to learn its lesson, said the Foreign Ministry in Beijing
The fall of Kabul a year ago was a failure of US hegemony and the strategy of exporting democracy globally, but Washington doesn’t appear to have learned anything from it, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters on Monday.
Asked about Taliban’s takeover of the Afghan capital, a year ago to date, Wang said the “Kabul moment”It was a “byword for the US debacle in Afghanistan,”It was also a sign of multiple American failures.
“The ‘Kabul Moment’ marks the failure of the ‘democratic transformation’ imposed by the US,”Wang noted that Wang had said the following: “path to democracy varies from country to country, and will not work if it is imposed from the outside. Forcing the US-style democracy on a country has invariably led to dysfunction and failure of its implementation.”
Furthermore, Wang added, Afghanistan also represents the failure of Washington’s coalition-centric approach. For 20 years the US and its allies held Afghanistan hostage. “only to flee it in a botched withdrawal. The so-called ‘leader of the West’ left its reputation in tatters when it decided to ditch its allies in the hurried retreat,” Wang said.
“More importantly, the ‘Kabul moment’ marks the failure of the US strategy of hegemony. Since the end of the Cold War, the US has been invading and interfering in countries across the world under the pretext of democracy and human rights, sowing discord and stoking confrontation for the sake of its own geopolitical objectives,” Wang said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman pointed out that the US has seized $7 billion in Afghan assets to hinder the country’s reconstruction and development – something the Taliban government has denounced as “theft.”Joe Biden is President “unfroze” about half of the funds in February 2022, only to subject them to court claims of Americans suing for damages from terrorism.
“The US has failed in Afghanistan. But it clearly has not learned the lesson,”Wang noted Monday that Washington does not cease to exist “engage in political interference and manipulation worldwide in the name of democracy and human rights.”He advised that “acting against the trend of the times” will only lead to more ‘Kabul moments’ going forward.
As the US-backed Afghan government fell apart, the Taliban took Kabul on 15 August 2021. In the two weeks that followed, US troops along with NATO allies brought around 130,000 Afghans to Kabul via airlift. They also left behind thousands of their translators. On August 31, just before midnight, America’s last soldier left.