Russia invades Ukraine, blasts near Lviv airport

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhao Lijiang speaks at a news conference in Beijing on March 18. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters)

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing on Friday that China respects “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations.”

He was talking 9 a.m. before the ET call Russia’s occupation of Ukraine is expected to be discussed between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, adheres to the objectives and principles of the UN Charter, emphasizes the legitimate security concerns of all nations, and supports all efforts to resolve the crisis peacefully. Facilitate peace talks and the humanitarian situation,” he said.

“China’s position is above the board, fair, objective and unquestionable.”

China’s friendship with Russia: Since the February meeting between Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, China has talked about its “unlimited partnership” with Russia.

U.S. officials believe Russia has asked China for military and economic support to wage its unprovoked war in Ukraine, and that Beijing has indicated its transparency in aiding Moscow. Russia and China have denied the allegations.

The United States has indicated that China will pay the economic price if support for Russia goes beyond negotiations.

Speaking on Friday, Zhao reiterated China’s public condemnation, saying, “Some people in the United States are spreading false information to spread slander and pressure on China, which is very irresponsible and will not help solve the problem. China strongly opposes this and will never accept it.”

“The United States must actively reflect on its role in the Ukrainian crisis, accept its responsibilities and take decisive action to ease the situation and resolve the issue, rather than adding fuel to the fire and shifting the conflict to others,” he said.

Zhao said Ukraine needed more food than weapons and that sending US military aid to the country would not bring peace.

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Why meeting leaders is important: This call comes at a possible turning point in relations between the United States and China. White House officials are watching with growing concern the growing partnership between Xi and Putin and China’s response. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Has proven to be a nuisance to Western audiences.

White House officials said they expect the call to change drastically; The preliminary meeting between the two leaders’ aides was lengthy Seven hours earlier this week.

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