China responds to sanctions’ threat — Analysis

Beijing will safeguard its legitimate rights and interests, according to the country’s foreign minister

While stating that China will stand up for its legitimate economic interests in the face of Western sanctions, the country’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, has refuted the notion that Beijing is taking Russia’s side in the Ukrainian conflict.

“China is not a party to the [Ukrainian]China is not in crisis and it does not want sanctions on China. China has the right to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests,” insisted Wang Yi on Monday during a phone call with his Spanish counterpart José Manuel Albares Bueno. 

China’s foreign minister called for dialogue between Moscow and Kiev in order to avoid further escalation. “open the door to peace.”

“China has been promoting peace talks in its own way since the very beginning of the Ukraine crisis. We hope that the fourth round of Russia-Ukraine peace talks can achieve new progress acceptable to all parties,”Read the official statement.

The country’s top diplomat also explained that Beijing sees the current crisis as an outcome of Europe’s multiple security conflicts accumulating over the years. To resolve the conflict, legitimate security concerns should be addressed by all of the parties.

Beijing condemned Western sanctions against Moscow, despite calling for peace and encouraging belligerents towards a ceasefire.

“China always opposes the use of sanctions to solve problems, let alone unilateral sanctions that have no basis in international law, as such moves will undermine international rules and harm the people’s well-being in all countries,” Wang Yi said.

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After Moscow’s military attack in February, the United States and its European allies imposed unimaginable sanctions against Russia. They targeted its bank system, energy exports and technological developments.

Washington is assuming that Beijing will help Moscow override restrictions and has threatened to stop Chinese chip makers if they do not cease trading with Russian businesses.

The Washington Post quoted an anonymous US source as saying that Moscow had requested Chinese military assistance to help it conduct its operations in Ukraine. Officials from both Russia and China denied that the Russians had told them this story.

“Some forces continue to smear China’s objective and fair position on the Ukraine issue by creating all kinds of false information,” Wang Yi said.

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