At UN, China calls on Russia and Ukraine not to let conflict 'spill over' | War in Ukraine
In its speech at the UN General Assembly, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Ukraine and Russia not to let the war “spill over”.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday called on Ukraine and Russia not to let the war “spill over” during his address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
We call on all parties concerned to prevent the crisis from spilling over and to protect the rights and legitimate interests of developing countries, he said.
The priority is to facilitate peace negotiations, he insisted, calling for a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis through fair and pragmatic discussions.
China is officially neutral but sometimes accused by Westerners of being too soft on Russia, although US officials have expressed measured hopes after Beijing's statements this week at the UN.
The Chinese minister also met his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kouleba, in New York, assuring him that Beijing called for respect for the territorial integrity of all countries.
“The fundamental solution is to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties, and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture.
— Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister
Last week, after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Mr. Xi's balanced position on Ukraine, but also said he understood [his] questions and [his] concerns about it. subject.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday the mobilization of reservists and brandished the threat of recourse to the nuclear weapon, assuring in the same breath that “it's not a bluff”.
On Saturday at the rostrum of the UN, where Taiwan does not have a seat, the Chinese foreign minister also said that China must firmly combat Taiwan's separatist activities and take the determined actions to oppose outside interference.
Any attempt to prevent the reunification of China is bound to be crushed by the wheel of history , he added.
The Chinese Foreign Minister took advantage of his podium at the UN to affirm that China should combat separatist activities in Taiwan. She assured that she would react to outside interference otherwise.
The minister had met Friday, on the sidelines of the General Assembly, the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken, their first meeting since discussions in July in Bali where the two men had shown their desire to renew the dialogue.
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A month later, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, sparking the ire of Beijing and renewed tensions between the two great powers.
And in a recent interview, US President Joe Biden said he was ready to intervene militarily if China used force.
< p class="e-p">During this meeting with Mr. Blinken, Mr. Wang also accused the United States of sending very bad and dangerous signals encouraging the independence of Taiwan, according to a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The head of the American diplomacy expressed the need to preserve peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, according to a spokesperson for the State Department.