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New Afghan President Ghani To Visit China

Ashraf Ghani
Ashraf Ghani

New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is expected to begin a three-day official trip to China on October 28.

Officials said Ghani will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders, and sign agreements on bilateral relations and cooperation.

Energy-hungry China is a key investor in Afghanistan, which has an estimated $1 trillion worth of mineral resources, and has secured major oil and copper mining deals there.

China's Foreign Ministry said Beijing will continue to "provide all assistance within its power to aid Afghanistan's peaceful rebuilding."

In Beijing, Ghani will also attend a gathering of the Istanbul Process, a 14-member regional grouping that focuses on security, economic, and political issues.

Afghanistan and China share a 76-kilometer border between the remote, mountainous Wakhan Corridor and China's far western Xinjiang region.

Ghani took office in September after a lengthy election dispute.

His first trip abroad was a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia on October 25.

Based on reporting by AP and