China condemns Kabul attacks

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China says it condemns the attacks on Kabul airport and is ready to work with the international community to address the threat of terrorism and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a source of terrorism again.

The comments from Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Friday afternoon were Beijing's first comments on the suicide bombings.

Zhao said no Chinese were killed or injured in Thursday's attacks and that China had advised its citizens in the country to "strengthen security precautions."

"Meanwhile, we have requested the relevant parties to take measures to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel," Zhao told reporters at the daily briefing.

China has kept its embassy in Kabul open and recently hosted talks between the Taliban and its ambassador, while piling on criticism of the US over the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport.

Zhao also reiterated China's concerns over what Beijing says is a threat to its security constituted by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, whose ability to mount anti-China operations has long been questioned.

"The head of the Afghan Taliban has made it clear to China that he will never allow any forces to use Afghan territory to do things detrimental to China," Zhao said.

"We hope that the relevant parties will take effective measures to ensure a smooth transition of the situation in Afghanistan and the personal safety of the Afghan people and foreign citizens there," he said.

China has not mounted any large-scale evacuation of its citizens from the country or dispatched personnel to aid in the effort to maintain security at the airport.

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