Biden veils against China to condemn Russia’s support for Ukraine
Biden veils against China to condemn Russia’s support for Ukraine

Biden veils against China to condemn Russia’s support for Ukraine

Speaking to White House reporters, Joe Biden revealed harsh new sanctions against Russia coordinated with allies, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions represent a dangerous moment for freedom around the world

US President Joe Biden said on Thursday, February 24, that any country that supported Russia’s attack on Ukraine would be “stained by affiliation” after China refused to call Moscow’s action. an invasion and instead urged all sides to exercise restraint.

Ukrainian forces fought against Russian invaders on three sides after Moscow carried out an attack on Ukraine on land, at sea and in the air in the largest attack on a European state since World War II.

Speaking to White House reporters, Biden revealed harsh new sanctions against Russia coordinated with allies, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions represented a dangerous moment for freedom around the world.

“Putin will be a pariah on the international stage. Any nation facing Russia’s naked aggression against Ukraine will be tainted by association,” Biden said without mentioning China.

Asked if he called on China to isolate Russia, Biden said: “I am not prepared to comment on that at the moment.”

Biden said Putin’s action “betrays an eerie vision of a future for our world; one in which nations take what they want by force.”

Some geopolitical analysts said Russia’s action could encourage China over Taiwan, a democratically governed island Beijing says is part of China and has promised to recapture by force if necessary.

Russia attacked Ukraine three weeks after Putin met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the run-up to the Beijing Winter Olympics, which ended on Sunday (February 20th). The two announced a strategic partnership aimed at counteracting US influence, saying they wanted “no” prohibited “areas of cooperation.”

Prior to Biden’s remarks about Ukraine, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying called for “all sides to exercise restraint to prevent the situation from getting out of control”, but restrained journalists’ characterization of Russia’s actions.

“This may be a difference between China and you Westerners. We do not want to rush to a conclusion,” she said.

“As for the definition of an invasion, I think we need to go back to how we see the current situation in Ukraine. The Ukrainian question has another very complicated historical background, which has continued to this day. It may be not what everyone wants to see. “

The ministry later said senior diplomat Wang Yi, also China’s foreign minister, had spoken to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

Wang said the Ukraine issue had a “complex” history and reiterated that China understands what it calls Russia’s “legitimate concerns” about security, the ministry said.

‘Blower for the fire’

Xi and Putin have developed a close partnership, but Russia’s actions in Ukraine put China, which has a often declared foreign policy principle of non-interference, in an awkward position, international relations experts said.

Asked if Putin had told China he planned to invade Ukraine, Hua said that Russia, as an independent power, did not need to seek China’s consent.

“It decides independently and implements its own diplomacy and strategy according to its own strategic assessment and interests,” she said.

“And I would also like to add that every time heads of state meet, they will, of course, exchange views on issues of common interest.”



China has been expected to support Russia diplomatically and perhaps economically over Ukraine, but not militarily. Hua said in response to a question that China had not given Russia any military support.

On Wednesday, February 23, a spokesman for the US State Department accused China and Russia of working together to create a new “deeply illiberal” world order, of which Moscow’s actions towards Ukraine were merely a part.

Washington has warned Chinese companies that they would face consequences if they tried to evade export controls imposed on Moscow.

A senior Biden administration official told reporters on Thursday that China appeared to be close to supporting Russia’s actions, and many countries would see Beijing vote when the UN Security Council considers a resolution on the issue on Friday, February 25. .

The official said Russia’s actions “involve risks for China along with everyone else”, adding: “It is not in China’s interest to support a devastating conflict in Europe and to defy the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity which it claims to uphold.”

Hua called on Europe to reflect on how it can better protect its peace, and accused some countries of “following the United States in blowing fire.”

“We protest against any act that hyper-war,” she said.

The Chinese embassy in Kiev warned that the situation in Ukraine had deteriorated sharply and that security risks had increased, with social order potentially falling into chaos.

China has so far stopped telling its 6,000 citizens in Ukraine that they should consider leaving the country. An embassy security advisory earlier this week advised them to fill up on necessities. – Rappler.com

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