China hopes Afghanistan to keep commitment of fending off external forces

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers reporter's questions during a Reuters interview in Munich, Germany, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File Photo

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HONG KONG, March 24 (Reuters) - China hopes Afghanistan would fulfill its commitment of not allowing any external forces to use its territory as a tool to oppose neighbours, or harm the security of other nations, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.

China welcomes Afghanistan's active participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, a global infrastructure plan proposed by China, and is willing to push for extending the China-Pakistan economic corridor to Afghanistan, Wang Yi said in a statement published by the China Foreign Ministry.

Wang Yi made the comments in a meeting with Afghanistan's deputy Prime Minister Abdul Ghani Baradar, the statement said.

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Reporting by Meg Shen and Twinnie Siu; Editing by Catherine Evans

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