China Opposes Efforts to Escalate Tensions in Ukraine

On June 16, 2022, the Chinese Embassy in the United States announced that China rejects all maneuvers designed to escalate tensions in Ukraine. 

Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the US, told the Russian outlet TASS, “What China provides to Ukraine are much-needed humanitarian supplies such as food, baby formula, sleeping bags, quilts and damp-proof mats,” he said. “In contrast, what the US provides to Ukraine are lethal weapons.”

“China supports all efforts that are conducive to easing the situation and political settlement. And China opposes actions like fanning the flame or adding fuel to the fire that may escalate the situation and are counterproductive to political resolution,” Liu added.

The Chinese diplomat stressed that China supports a negotiated settlement to the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. 

“There are complex historical merits on the Ukraine issue,” Liu declared. “China has been independently making its decisions and expounding on its positions with an objective and just attitude based on the merits of the matter itself.”

“China is not a party directly related to the issue, but it has been committed to promoting peace talks and playing a constructive role in pursuing peaceful settlement of the crisis,” the diplomat noted.

“Our just position and constructive efforts, witnessed by all, have received the understanding and support of the international community, especially the vast developing world,” Liu continued.

In the past decade, Russia and China have formed a strategic partnership in economic and military affairs. In many respects, this concord is designed to check against US hegemony. 

Ever since Russia conducted its military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, China has maintained a neutral stance. Unlike the Collective West, China has refrained from imposing sanctions nor has it condemned Russia for its military action. 

Post-Cold War foreign policy has largely pushed these two Eurasian behemoths together, which violates the very basics of realpolitik. The election of Donald Trump in 2016 offered many realists hope that relations could be normalized against Russia in efforts to peel it off from China. 

Sadly, neoconservative institutional inertia prevented Trump from ushering in a rapprochement with Russia during his administration. From the looks of it, the Russia-China concord is here to stay, If the US does not recalibrate its foreign policy, it could face a geopolitical disaster of epic proportions should it continue to simultaneously contain both Russia and China. 

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