The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday briefed media about the outlook for China’s foreign affairs in the coming year, saying that finding a political solution to the war in Afghanistan is one of the main goals of his country in the next year.

“We will deepen our friendship with our neighbors, and push for the political solution to hot issues such as the Korean Peninsula issue and the Afghanistan issue,” Wang told reporters.

Beijing will host the first round of Afghanistan-China-Pakistan trilateral foreign ministers’ talks on Tuesday, December 26.

Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif will attend the meeting.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said last week that China will always support Afghanistan and Pakistan to live in friendship and achieve common development.

She said that during the Chinese foreign minister’s visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan in June, the three countries agreed to establish the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ trilateral dialogue mechanism, which will serve as a platform to enhance talks and cooperation among the three states.

Hua said the three countries will have in-depth discussions on three topics: mutual political trust and reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, and security cooperation and counter-terrorism.

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