China said it saw the Taliban playing an important role in the peace process and rebuilding of Afghanistan. "No one has an interest in a military takeover of the country by the Taliban, the restoration of an Islamic emirate," said Mr Blinken, who was asked about the talks while on a visit to India. He urged the Taliban to come to the "negotiating table... peacefully".
Nine Taliban representatives had on Wednesday travelled to Tianjin for the talks. In a tweet, the Taliban spokesperson said China had "reiterated its commitment of continuation of their assistance with Afghans and said they will not interfere in Afghanistan's issues but will help to solve the problems and restoration of peace in the country."