U.S. clashes with China and Russia over ‘belt and highway’ in Afghan decision

China and Russia are clashing with the U.S. and different U.N. Safety Council members over China’s insistence on together with a reference to Beijing’s $1 trillion “belt and highway” international infrastructure program in a decision on the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan.

The mission’s six-month mandate expires Tuesday and council members met behind closed doorways for over 2 half of hours Monday night time unable to agree on a textual content due to China’s demand.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, the present council president, informed reporters afterward that diplomats have been engaged on a brand new textual content and “we’re within the means of reaching a compromise.”

He mentioned the council will meet once more Tuesday morning in hopes of reaching unanimous settlement.

The U.S. and others contend the “belt and highway” should not be included in an Afghan decision.