On Sunday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi maintained what he claimed to be his nation’s neutral stance on the conflict in Ukraine and hinted that China might strengthen ties with Russia in the upcoming year.
Wang also attributed America’s role in the worsening of ties between the world’s two largest economies, claiming that China has “firmly rejected the United States’ erroneous China policy.” Wang was speaking via video to a conference in the Chinese capital.
With the U.S. being accused of bullying, China has resisted Western pressure on trade, technology, human rights, and its claims to a large portion of the western Pacific. With much of Europe, it has further strained relations and created a growing rift due to its failure to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and support other countries in imposing sanctions on the country.
According to Wang, China and Russia will “deepen strategic mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation.” Last week, warships from the two nations participated in coordinated naval exercises in the East China Sea.
According to an official text of Wang’s remarks, “With regard to the Ukraine crisis, we have consistently upheld the fundamental principles of objectivity and impartiality, without favouring one side or the other, without adding fuel to the fire, and even less without seeking selfish gains from the situation.”
Even while China and Russia have found common ground as a result of pressure from the West, China’s economic future is still dependent on American and European markets and technology. Wang stated that although President Xi Jinping is striving for Chinese industry to become more independent, history has demonstrated “that China and the United States cannot disconnect or sever supply lines.”
Because “the United States has steadfastly persisted to see China as its principal competitor and engage in flagrant blockade, oppression, and provocation against China,” he claimed, China would work to right the ship in its relations with the United States.
Late last week, Wang spoke over the phone with Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State. According to the State Department, Blinken brought up the need to carefully manage U.S.-China relations as well as worries about Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and the dangers it poses to international security and economic stability.
According to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang called the United States out for its “unilateral bullying” and said that China will continue to contribute positively to finding a solution to the Ukraine situation on its own terms.