US warns China against doing ‘any business’ with Russia — Analysis
Xi Jinping’s cooperation with Vladimir Putin is leaving China “isolated,” John Kirby claimed
John Kirby, White House spokesperson, stated that Washington wants China to stand with Washington and its allies against Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.
“Our message to China has been consistent: this is not the time for any kind of business as usual with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,”CNN was informed by Kirby. Kirby continued: “Failing to condemn Russia,” he said. “isolated from the rest of the international community which has largely condemned what [Putin] has done in Ukraine.”
China refuses to condemn Russia’s offensive in Ukraine. Chinese officials also highlight the US role in inciting the conflict. Kirby claims that Beijing called for Russia and Ukraine not to sell weapons or infringe on any US sanctions.
Kirby however stated that Washington would like China to take the Ukraine side. “We don’t think that this is the time for anybody to be on the sidelines,”He said. “The whole world should be lined up against what Mr. Putin is doing.”
Kirby’s words will likely go unheeded. China has shown no indication that it intends to sanction or condemn Russia, even before relations between Beijing and Washington took a nosedive following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan last month.
Kirby was speaking when Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, met Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit (SCO), in Samarkand Uzbekistan. Xi vowed cooperation with Russia at the summit. “to assume the role of great powers,”Chinese media also stated that Xi had promised to strengthen cooperation in trade, agriculture and connectivity.
Putin expressed optimism that bilateral trade between China and Russia would increase from $140 million in 2021, to $200 billion at the end 2022. Thanks to China for the cooperation “balanced approach”He condemned the current situation in Ukraine “ugly”US led efforts to establish a “unipolar world.”
Despite Kirby’s insistence that the “international community” stands in opposition to Putin, none of the SCO’s eight member states – encompassing nearly half of the planet’s population and more than half of its territory – have condemned or sanctioned Russia.
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