China evacuates Afghanistan in US withdrawal

Beijing (AP) — China sent a plane to return 210 people from Afghanistan as US troops prepare to leave the country and security conditions are worsening, state media reported Friday.

The Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party, said XiamenAir’s flight departed Kabul, the capital, on July 2 and landed in Hubay, Central Province. The airline reviewed the report on a Weibo account post like Twitter, but didn’t provide any additional details.

According to Global Times and other reports, 22 people were tested positive for COVID-19 on board, but these numbers were not included in the daily report of new cases by the National Health Commission.

The US military will leave Afghanistan by August 31 after nearly 20 years of fighting the Taliban.

Chinese companies have invested in Afghanistan’s mining and infrastructure, but these assets appear to be increasingly at risk as the Taliban can occupy large amounts of territory and endanger Kabul.

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