After Pakistan, China also snubs India-hosted summit on Afghanistan

Moeed Yusuf has already announced that he would not attend the November 10 dialogue


News Desk November 09, 2021
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin speaks during a news conference in Beijing. REUTERS/FILE

Days after Islamabad announced backing out of India’s NSA moot on Afghanistan, Beijing on Tuesday said it will also not attend the regional security dialogue on Afghan issue to be hosted by New Delhi.

“Due to scheduling reasons, it is inconvenient for China to attend the meeting. We have already given our reply to the Indian side,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during his regular briefing while responding to a question about whether China has declined to attend the dialogue.

Last month, India invited Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, and all the central Asian nations to attend the ‘Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan’, scheduled to be held on November 10.

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Being well-cognisant of India’s true face and negative role in the region particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan has already declined India’s invitation to be part of the summit.

“I will not go... a spoiler can’t be a peacemaker,” Pakistan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf last week said in response to a question by a reporter whether Pakistan will be attending the moot.

Having faced strategic losses in Afghanistan after US withdrawal, India’s plan to host the NSA-level summit is nothing but an attempt to cover up its image of “spoiler” and try to enhance its relevance in the region, experts believe.

The defence and security analysts are of the view that India has always used Afghanistan as a staging ground and a second front against Pakistan.

Coupled with the fact that China has also foiled the Indian project in Ladakh by completely outmanoeuvring India through the use of force, analysts in several think tanks were appreciative of Pakistan‘s decision of non-participation in the NSA Summit in New Delhi which had dealt a blow to India.

(With input from APP)

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