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Taliban’s new Afghan government receives muted reception from China, Japan

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(Reuters) – China and Japan gave a lukewarm reception on Wednesday to the formation of the Taliban’s provisional government in Afghanistan following Islamist militants lightning seizure of Kabul last month. Taliban leaders filled all the top posts in the new government, with no place for outsiders or any women. Mullah Mohammed Hasan Akhund – an associate of the group’s late founder, Mullah Omar – was appointed acting prime minister, and Mullah Sirajuddin Haqqani, who figures on a U.S. terrorism wanted list, was named interior minister in the government list announced on Tuesday. China viewed t…

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