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China and US clash over 'belt and road' in Afghan resolution

China and US clash over 'belt and road' in Afghan resolution

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and Russia are clashing with the U.S. and other U.N. Security Council members over China's insistence on including a reference to Beijing's $1 trillion "belt and road" global infrastructure program in a resolution on the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan.

The mission's six-month mandate expires Tuesday and council members met behind closed doors for over 2 1/2 hours Monday night unable to agree on a text because of China's demand.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, the current council president, told reporters afterward that diplomats were working on a new text and "we're in the process of reaching a compromise."

He said the council will meet again Tuesday morning in hopes of reaching unanimous agreement.

The U.S. and others contend the "belt and road" shouldn't be included in an Afghan resolution.


Updated : 2021-10-19 13:13 GMT+08:00