AP reports on the visit to Beijing by Afghan President Hamid Karzai:
China reassured visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday that it won’t be joining the chorus of disapproval at home and abroad over corruption, cronyism and electoral fraud plaguing his government.
In a meeting in Beijing, top lawmaker Wu Bangguo told Karzai that Beijing didn’t see anything to criticize in Afghan politics — a reflection of China’s policy of ignoring the affairs of neighboring states as long as they don’t infringe on Chinese interests.
“I don’t see any differences between us on political issues,” Wu, the Communist Party’s second-highest ranking official, told Karzai at the start of their meeting at the Great Hall of the People.
“We have made good progress in our practical cooperation. I’m sure your visit will give a great boost to the bilateral relationship,” Wu said.