Beijing : Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday described Russia as Beijing’s “most important diplomatic partner” amid China’s continued refusal to condemn the attack on Ukraine. Wang Yi said that China’s relations with Moscow are “one of the most important bilateral relations in the world”. “No matter how dangerous the international scenario may be, we will maintain our diplomatic position and continue to promote the development of comprehensive China-Russia partnership in the new era,” he told a press conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of China’s parliament. The friendship between the people of both the countries is strong. This statement of China has come at a time when Russia has inflicted the wounds of a never-ending war on Ukraine, on which the whole world is raising its voice against Russia. But China is sprinkling salt on these wounds. China has distanced itself from sanctions imposed by the US, Europe and others on Ukraine after Russia’s attack. China said that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected, but these sanctions have created new issues and hampered the process of political settlement. Significantly, the meeting held in Beijing on February 4 between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin was given great importance.
Russia considers Taiwan a part of ChinaFollowing the meeting, the two sides issued a joint statement reaffirming “strong mutual cooperation to safeguard our vital interests”. Russia supports Taiwan’s position as an ‘inseparable part of China’ and opposes independence of Taiwan in any form, while China supports Russia in opposing the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
China refuses to condemn Russian attackXi’s government refused to condemn the attack on Ukraine but called for dialogue and respect for sovereignty while trying to distance itself from Putin’s war. This indicated that Putin did not tell the Chinese leader about his plans before the two leaders made statements. Beijing condemned trade and financial sanctions on Moscow and blamed the US for the conflict.
[Attribution to NBT]