On May 10, 2012, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi answered the question on the Afghan issue when meeting the press together with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Yang said that China and Afghanistan are friendly neighbors. At present, Afghanistan is at an important transition period. China sincerely hopes Afghanistan achieves peace, stability, independence and development at an early date and is willing to provide assistance within its capacity for the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan. He hopes the international community increases support and assistance to Afghanistan and helps Afghanistan get ready for the transition to the "Afghanistan run by the Afghans". China supports Afghanistan to develop relations with related countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit and will make efforts in the direction of building lasting peace, stability and development in Afghanistan and the entire region.