The Chinese ambassador to the US justified the Chinese government’s unwillingness to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assault of bordering Ukraine, warning a TV anchor not to be “naive.”
While the US accuses China of “at least tacit acquiescence” of the Russian incursion, China has repeatedly blamed the US, labeling it a “culprit of the crisis.”
The Chinese Ambassador
On Sunday’s Face the Nation, Margaret Brennan asked Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang why Beijing won’t call Putin’s attack an invasion.
“Don’t be naive,” said China’s top US diplomat. “Denunciation doesn’t work. I doubt Russia would retract its condemnation.”
The Chinese ruler called Putin on the second day of the assault and urged peace talks, but did not condemn Putin’s invasion, Qin said.
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“It is not a problem,” Qin stressed. “It helps the diplomatic efforts to resolve the problem peacefully. China is a solution. It’s not a problem.”
Brennan questioned how China could claim assistance while not criticizing the conflict and not isolating Putin.
The State Department declared last week the US “won’t stand by” if China tries to “bail out” Russia after the Kremlin invaded neighboring Ukraine.
Last weekend, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Washington would not stand by and let Beijing undercut the US and sanctions imposed against Russia.
“We suspect China was informed before the invasion that Vladimir Putin was plotting something,” Sullivan said when asked if he considered Xi a co-conspirator with Putin.
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Then Qin said, “There is misinformation regarding China providing military help to Russia. We deny it. We oppose the war.”
When pressed again on if China will help Russia financially, the ambassador answered, “China has regular trade, financial, and energy relations with Russia.”
“We — as two major countries — need to contemplate how to carry on in this world,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov allegedly stated Saturday.
Brennan questioned Lavrov’s position.
“China and Russia are friends. It took years to build. We have many mutual interests,” Qin remarked. “Our faith in Russia gives us a unique position in international peace efforts.”
Dialogues, Deals, and Propaganda
On Friday, Biden and Xi chatted extensively.
Biden “described the consequences of China giving immense support to Russia as it carries out savage assaults against Ukrainian municipalities and civilians,” the White House stated.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has repeatedly blamed the United States for violence in Ukraine, citing western enthusiasm over the fall of the Soviet Union, NATO’s membership enlargement, and the United States’ provision of weapons to Ukraine.
The Chinese government, ambassadors, and state-run journalists joined the Kremlin in spreading falsehoods about Pentagon-backed biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine. In response, Russia and China have never offered any proof.
The China-Russia relationship is dubbed as the “Dragonbear” in some foreign affairs circles.
Following Russia’s military escalation on Ukraine’s border, Putin and Xi announced a wide strategic relationship “without limitations” in February.
Ever since the invasion began, China avoided condemning Russia, blamed the US for its involvement in developing bioweapons in Ukraine, and teamed up with the Kremlin to propagate falsehoods.