China offers to mediate in stalled Afghan Taliban peace talks

February 12, 2015 2:44 PM

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China offers to mediate in stalled Afghan Taliban peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - China offered on Thursday to mediate in stalled efforts to engage the Afghan Taliban in peace negotiations, reflecting its desire to play a more active role in a region it sees as part of its sphere of influence.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the announcement in Islamabad as he arrived in the Pakistani capital on a two-day visit aimed at cementing traditionally warm ties between communist China and conservative Islamic Pakistan.

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