China endorsed the remarks made by its ambassador to Ukraine on Thursday after the Chinese diplomat assured Beijing of political and economic support for the war-torn country.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference: “China fully supports the ambassador’s comments.
“China supports all efforts to ease the situation in Ukraine and to find a political solution. [China] It is ready to do its part to deal with the humanitarian crisis, ”he added.
But Zhao declined to say whether China would provide arms or other assistance to Russia in support of a military invasion of Ukraine if Beijing’s support for its ambassador’s comments was a sign of a possible attempt to play on both sides of Beijing.
“This is your own explanation,” he said in response to a reporter’s question in the headline. “China has issued several statements. You have no reason to make such a connection.
The Chinese ambassador to Ukraine, Fan Xianrong, pledged Beijing’s support and praised the Ukrainian people at a meeting in Lviv on Monday, the regional government said in a statement.
Fan quoted Maksym Kozytsky, head of regional administration in Lviv, as saying, “China will always be a good power for Ukraine, both economically and politically.” “China will never attack Ukraine. We will help especially financially.
“We will act responsibly in this situation that has befallen you now. We have seen the great unity of the Ukrainian people, which indicates its strength, “he added.
As of Thursday afternoon, fan comments had not been received by China’s state media, which has been largely branching out of the Kremlin’s speaking points since the start of the Russian invasion.
On Tuesday, China’s ambassador to the United States Qin Gang released a statement in the Washington Post, reiterating that Beijing wanted to see an end to the conflict in Ukraine and to remove “rumors” known, acknowledged or implicitly supported by China. War.
“The conflict between Russia and Ukraine will do China no good. If China had known about the immediate crisis, we would have done everything we could to prevent it, ”Kin wrote.
His comments came after US intelligence officials said Russia had asked China for military support in Ukraine. Both Beijing and Moscow have denied the allegations.