China has intervened in the Ukraine crisis by sending around $790,000 (£600,000) in humanitarian aid to the war-torn country. Foreign media reported that the first shipment was already on its way, although Beijing has yet to condemn Russia’s invasion of the country.
Japan Today said China has repeatedly blamed NATO’s “eastward expansion” for heightening tensions between Russia and Ukraine, “echoing the Kremlin’s main security grievance while refusing to criticize Moscow’s decision to send troops across the border”.
But a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping told his French and German counterparts that China was “deeply distressed” by the outbreak of war in Europe, the first aid shipments to the country of 44 million people had been sent. sent, the Foreign Office reportedly said yesterday (Wednesday).
The South China Morning Post reported that af The Foreign Ministry spokesman said food and other basic necessities had been dispatched from Beijing through the Red Cross Society of China, andexpressed Beijing’s “firm opposition” to the latest sanctions imposed on the Russian energy sector by the United States, the European Union and Britain.
Zhao Lijian reportedly told a regular press conference in Beijing that trade between China and Russia would continue – including oil and gas. Reuters news agency confirmed the humanitarian expedition, but said China declined to describe Russia’s activities in Ukraine as an invasion. Russia calls its actions a “special operation”.
The New Indian Express reported that Zhao told reporters at the daily briefing that “waving the stick of sanctions at every turn will never bring peace and security but will cause serious hardship to economies and means.” livelihoods of the countries concerned”. He said China and Russia will “continue to carry out normal business cooperation, including oil and gas trade, in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.”
“China has sought to blame the United States for initiating the conflict, citing what it calls Washington’s failure to adequately address Russia’s ‘legitimate’ security concerns over to NATO enlargement.
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