BEIJING China has always supported Russia and Ukraine to overcome difficulties and continue negotiations, and welcomes all efforts by the international community to promote peace, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.
Zhao Lijian made remarks at a regular news briefing in response to a question about UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' recent visit to Russia and Ukraine.
We welcome Guterres' mediation efforts to calm the tension between Russia and Ukraine. He said that China always supported Russia and Ukraine to overcome difficulties and continue negotiations, and welcomes all efforts by the international community to promote peace talks.
It has been more than two months since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke out, and the spillover effects of the conflict are becoming increasingly obvious and worrying. He said that the European people are calling for an early end to the conflict through dialogue and peace talks.
The spokesperson said that inflation is rising and ordinary people are being more affected by the prolonged war and sanctions against Russia, which has resulted in energy prices in the Eurozone rising by 44.7 percent year on year. In contrast, US arms dealers, grain merchants and traders have made a fortune. Under the current circumstances, the international community should insist on upholding unity rather than division, democracy rather than hegemony, dialogue and consultation rather than unilateral sanctions and objectivity rather than taking sides, said Zhao.
We should work together to promote the end of conflicts and bring peace at the earliest possible time. China is ready to work with other parties to play a constructive role in this regard, he said.
One of the successful experiences of China-Russia relations is that the two sides have gone beyond the military and political alliance model of the Cold War, according to the comments of John Aquilino, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command.
The two sides have always been committed to developing a new type of international relations, following the principle of non-alliance, non-confrontation and non-targeting of any third party, the spokesperson said. This is fundamentally different from the Cold War mentality of some countries that insist on forming small circles and pursuing zero-sum games. The United States has taken a non-hirkable responsibility for the Ukraine crisis because of the fact that it has violated its commitments and has promoted the eastward expansion of NATO, according to Zhao.
He added that the US continues to add fuel to the flames, fighting to the last Ukrainian, while the UN and the international community are calling for an end to the conflict.
The US has continued to provide funds and weapons to Ukraine, the spokesperson said.
The real purpose of the United States is not peace, but to make the conflict continue. As the United States has said, its goal is to weaken Russia.