The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020.
REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File PhotoBEIJING, Sept 8 (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it is ready to maintain communication with the leaders of the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, calling its establishment a "necessary step" in reconstruction.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the comment at a daily briefing in Beijing when asked if China would recognize the new government, whose leaders were named on Tuesday.
read moreChina respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, Wang said.
After the Taliban took power in August, China had called for an "open and inclusive" government to be established.
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