“Beijing will never dance to the tune of the US”
Time will tell China is on the right side of history, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said after Friday's video talks between President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden. According to the Chinese minister, Beijing's position on Ukraine is “objective, fair and in line with the wishes of most countries.”
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The Chinese Foreign Minister said that Chinese President Xi Jinping has clearly and comprehensively classified Beijing's position on the Ukrainian issue, and the key message is that China always stands for peace, writes the Beijing-based Global Times.
This position is rooted not only in China's historical and cultural traditions, but also in a consistent foreign policy, Wang Yi said, adding that Beijing will continue to objectively and fairly make independent judgments based on the merits.
“We will never accept any external coercion or pressure, or any baseless accusations and suspicions against China,” said Wang Yi.
According to the Chinese minister, the priority is that all parties should push forward dialogue and negotiations, an immediate ceasefire to avoid civilian deaths and prevent a humanitarian crisis. The long-term plan is to abandon the Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation in order to create a truly balanced, efficient and sustainable regional security structure. Only in this way can we ensure the lasting security of the European continent, Wang Yi said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, during his talks with US President Joe Biden on Friday, urged the United States and NATO to negotiate with Russia to solve problems related to with the Ukrainian crisis, and expressed his disagreement with “indiscriminate sanctions”.
Friday's talks between Washington and Beijing lasted almost two hours. Both Xi Jinping and Joe Biden agreed that this was constructive and called on working groups on both sides to make appropriate efforts to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.
At the same time, according to the Chinese edition of Global Times, “the close relationship between China and Russia has become a thorn in the side of the United States, especially against the backdrop of the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. The situation is heating up, and it is becoming clear that Washington is seeking to use the Russian-Ukrainian conflict to drive a wedge between Beijing and Moscow.”
First, the Global Times points out, senior White House officials have repeatedly accused China of not putting enough pressure on Russia to stop the military operation in Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Thursday ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden's virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that Washington is “charged” for any support Beijing gives to Russia's actions against Ukraine. He urged Beijing to take “responsibility for using its influence and protecting the international rules and principles that it supposedly supports.”
Secondly, the Chinese edition continues, “there are more reports and analytical materials from Western media hype” that China's ties to Russia are dangerous for the Chinese side of the problem, and warn that Beijing risks isolation if it does not distance itself from Moscow.
“NATO's eastward expansion is the main reason for Russia's anger and the military operation in Ukraine,” says the Global Times. “It is the United States that must put out the fire they lit in Ukraine. It is ridiculous to demand that Beijing do this work at the cost of damaging Sino-Russian relations. This is unwise and insidious. By pushing China to condemn Russia and calling on China to bear responsibility for the fatal strategic mistake made by the US and NATO in building so-called European security, Washington does not intend to hide its desire to sow discord between China and Russia.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday that Beijing could use its unique relationship to end Russia's actions against Ukraine. “What nonsense,” writes the Global Times about this. – Russia is an independent major power, and China does not have the ability to influence Russia's decision on the Ukrainian issue… If China really puts pressure on Russia that is incompatible with the comprehensive strategic partnership and coordination between China and Russia, this will only undermine Sino-Russian relations and sabotages mutual trust, which would be a huge strategic loss for both sides. This is what the US wants and is happy to see.”
“Washington knows that China cannot influence Russia or force it to do anything,” the Chinese publication continues. “But he saw the Ukrainian crisis as a good chance to tear the two countries apart. The more discord Washington can sow between China and Russia, the more it will be in US interests. But how can Beijing and Moscow allow such an evil trick to succeed? Unlike petty followers that Washington can manipulate at will, China and Russia are independent great powers. In addition, China takes a consistent position on the Ukrainian issue, emphasizing the need to respect and protect the interests of all parties in the field of security. His position is in his own interests and those of the region. He will never dance to the tune of the United States and will not sacrifice relations with Russia in order to meet the demands of the United States.
The Global Times also recalled that “regardless of how the Ukrainian crisis develops and how seriously the United States will now attack Russia, Washington still sees China as its biggest strategic competitor. China must always remember this. This should not give the US a chance to drive a wedge in Sino-Russian relations.”