China reacts to US plans on Russia’s G20 membership — Analysis

Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry commented Wednesday about the potential plans by the US and its allies to expel Russia from the G20 following the military offensive in Ukraine.

“G20 is the main forum for international economic cooperation, bringing together the world’s major economies. Russia is an important member, and no member has the right to expel other countries,”The spokesman stated this during a regular conference of the press.

Wang claimed that right now the world is in an important stage of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and instability are increasing. According to the spokesman, the G20 countries are responsible in particular for the world’s economic “stability and recovery.”

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Wang proposed that G20 countries work to promote multilateralism, cooperation, and solidarity in order to tackle the economic and financial crises. “positive contributions to the realization of strong, green and healthy global development.”

On Tuesday, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the question of Russia’s membership in the G20 would be discussed with Western allies, adding that “it cannot be business as usual for Russia in international institutions.”

The comment was made in the context of US President Joe Biden’s trip to Brussels for an emergency NATO summit on Thursday.

Beijing called for de-escalation in the Ukraine crisis but did not condemn Moscow’s military campaign. Unlike many Western countries, and their allies, Russia has not placed any sanctions. Beijing’s defiant stance prompted the White House to warn of “consequences”If it does, should it allow Moscow to bypass any sanctions.

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