China can’t decide — ‘Strategic partnership with Russia’ or ‘working with international partners toward peace’
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin during talks in Moscow on March 20, 2023 (Photo:Sputnik/Sergei Karpukhin/Pool via REUTERS)
China will foster a mutually beneficial strategic partnership with Russia and continue to work with the international community to find a political solution to the “Ukraine crisis,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, told Ukrinform on April 18.
“China is ready to cooperate with Russia... to promote our comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era," he said.
Wenbin stressed that China and Russia are “committed to the principles of non-alignment, non-confrontation, and non-targeting of any third party, and are developing a new type of relationship between major powers based on mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and mutually beneficial cooperation.”
He did not elaborate on how Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine constitute ‘non-confrontation’ and ‘non-targeting of a third party.’
Regarding Ukraine, Wenbin pointed to China’s “consistent and clear position.”
“We are firmly committed to promoting peace negotiations and will continue to work with the international community to play a constructive role in the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis,” Wenbin added.
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