As Washington fuels conflict in Ukraine, Beijing promotes peace, China’s foreign ministry said
Beijing, unlike the United States, seeks peace in Ukraine, and it is up to the people to decide who joins “the good side of history”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Thursday in response to Washington’s criticism of China’s stance on the conflict.
China has been heavily criticized by the US for its refusal to condemn Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, as well as its cooperation with Moscow. On Wednesday, a spokesman for the United States Department of State accused Beijing of “still standing with Russia… following his propaganda… denying Russia’s atrocities in Ukraine” before you say that “nations that are on Vladimir Putin’s side will inevitably be on the wrong side of history.”
“On the Ukraine issue, China has always independently assessed the situation based on the historical context and the merits of the issue. We are always on the side of peace and justice.” said Wang Wenbin.
He then compared China’s foreign policy to that of the US, and his results were not favorable to Washington. He said that while the US has pushed NATO expansion eastward and brought conflict… “back to Europe”, China is committed to dialogue and cooperation.
“While the US has pushed for a fight ‘to the last Ukrainian’ and fueled the conflict, China has actively promoted peace talks and called on the world to allow for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, not to fight,” he said.
As the US rushes on sanctions and pressure, Beijing has vehemently opposed attempts to politicize the global economy, the State Department spokesman said. “What has been achieved through international economic cooperation in recent decades cannot simply be swept away.”
“People will come to their own conclusion about who is on the right side. The US keeps claiming it’s on the right side of history, but is it completely confident when they say that? Maybe the US is just whistling in the dark’ he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry spokesman’s comments were in turn in response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s statement. On Wednesday, Xi reiterated that China “willing to work with Russia to continue supporting each other in their respective core interests regarding sovereignty and security.”
Since late February, when Moscow launched its military offensive into Ukraine, Russia has become the most sanctioned country in the world. The US, EU, UK and many other countries have imposed severe restrictions on various sectors of the Russian economy. For the past three months, Washington has been trying to persuade China, India and some other countries to follow the US lead in “to punishRussia – unsuccessfully, it seems.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself as a neutral country that will never join NATO’s US-led military bloc. Kiev maintains that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and denies that it intended to retake the two republics by force.