On March 5, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken applied weight on China over the Ukraine situation, telling his Chinese colleague that the “world watches.”
This comes despite Beijing’s failure to denounce Russia’s military action against its neighbors.
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During a phone chat with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Blinken made the comment.
The two talked about “Moscow’s deliberate, unprovoked, and illegal aggression against Ukraine,” according to a release from the State Department.
“The secretary underlined that the world watches to see which countries defend the fundamental values of liberty, self-determination, and independence,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
“He highlighted the world is working in lockstep to denounce and react to Russian aggression, assuring that Moscow will pay a heavy price,” Price continued.
Chinese leadership has hesitated to overtly support either side nearly two weeks after Russia started a massive invasion of Ukraine.
Nevertheless, both internally and globally, the communist regime displayed discreet support for the Kremlin.
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China lifted its wheat import restrictions on Russia at the start of the war. In the meantime, Beijing has slammed US sanctions on Russia.
The communist administration abstained from using the word “invasion” to describe Russia’s armed action.
In their reporting of the Ukraine issue, Chinese media sources instead opted for the imprecise phrase “the existing situation” or Moscow’s characterization of a “special military operation.”
Beijing has regularly backed Russia at the United Nations. China abstained from deciding on a United Nations Security Council decision demanding that Putin cease his attack on Ukraine and evacuate its troops promptly on February 25.
On March 4, China again refused to vote on a United Nations Human Rights Security Council resolution.
The proposal was adopted after 32 of the 47 members of the UN Security Council voted in favor. It called for the creation of an independent international commission of inquiry on alleged human rights breaches by Russia in its conflict with Ukraine.
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While the US Department of State declined to comment on the call, China’s foreign ministry issued a lengthy message wherein the Ukraine situation was referred to as the “Ukraine problem.”
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Wang told Blinken, as per the Chinese briefing, that China encouraged negotiations with Ukraine and Russia.
He also called for “conversation on an equal level” between the US, NATO, the European Union, and Russia.
“Pay heed to the harmful impact of NATO’s continued expansionist policies on Russia,” Wang warned in the quadrilateral discussion.
China and Russia currently have a “no boundaries” collaboration, with Beijing’s resistance to NATO expansion being a significant issue in the bilateral relationship.
After a face-to-face encounter involving Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Beijing Olympics, the relationship was declared in a joint statement on Feb. 4.