The leaders of China, Russia and other countries will discuss the threat the “Islamic State” group poses in Afghanistan at a Eurasian security summit. DW spoke to analyst Borhan Osman about Beijing’s concerns.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders will discuss about the security situation in Afghanistan and the increasing threat posed by “Islamic State” (IS) in Eurasia at this year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to be held Russian city of Ufa on July 9-10.
“Due to the spillover effect of the Islamic State terrorist activities, Afghanistan now faces a grim security situation,” Chinese vice foreign minister Cheng Guoping told reporters. SCO leaders “will certainly have in-depth discussions on the Afghan issue”, he added. “And they will talk further about how to respond to the security situation there,” Cheng was quoted as saying. China is worried about own separatist groups in the far western region of Xinjiang working with IS. Continue reading