Foreign Minister Wang Yi defends China’s position in Ukraine war, hails “historic” improvement in ties with Arab countries.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi defended China’s stance on the war in Ukraine and suggested it would deepen ties with Russia in the coming year, as he hailed “historic steps forward” in Sino-Arab relations.
Speaking via video conference at a conference in the Chinese capital, Wang on Sunday also blamed the United States for worsening relations between the world’s two biggest economies, saying Beijing had “resolutely rejected” Washington’s “wrong China policy”.
China has backed off Western pressure on trade, technology, human rights and its claims to much of the western Pacific, accusing the US of bullying.
Her refusal to condemn the invasion of Ukraine and join others in imposing sanctions on Russia further soured ties and fueled the nascent divide with much of Europe.
“Regarding the Ukraine crisis, we have consistently upheld the basic principles of objectivity and impartiality, not favoring one side or the other, nor adding fuel to the fire, much less seeking selfish benefits from the situation,” Wang said, according to the official text of his remarks.
He added that China will “deepen strategic mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation” with Russia. The warships of the two countries held joint military exercises in the East China Sea last week.
Wang said bilateral trade between the two countries is approaching the $200 billion target “at a faster pace,” adding that major investment projects are well under way.
Referring to President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia, where he attended the first China-Arab Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Summit, Wang said China and Arab countries “reached a consensus on building a closer Sino-Arab community with a shared future “.
During the visit, Xi signed several strategic and economic partnership agreements and said China would continue to import large amounts of oil from Gulf countries and expand imports of liquefied natural gas.
Xi is encouraging Chinese industry to become more self-sufficient, but Wang acknowledged in his speech that experience has shown “that China and the United States cannot separate or cut supply chains.”
He said China would seek to get relations with the US back on track, saying they had fallen because “the United States stubbornly continued to view China as its primary competitor and engage in blatant blockade, suppression and provocation against China.” .
Wang and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone late last week.
The State Department said Blinken discussed the need for responsible management of US-China relations and expressed concern about Russia’s war on Ukraine and the threats it poses to global security and economic stability.
Wang accused the US of “unilateral bullying” and said China would continue to play a constructive role in resolving the Ukraine crisis in its own way, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.