At the United Nations, China is calling on Russia and Ukraine not to let the conflict “spill over”.

At the United Nations, China is calling on Russia and Ukraine not to let the conflict “spill over”.

In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Ukraine and Russia not to let the war “spill over”. “We call on all parties concerned to prevent the crisis from spreading and to protect the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries,” he said. “The priority is to facilitate peace negotiations,” he emphasized, calling for a “peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis” through “fair and pragmatic” talks.

The still tense situation with Taiwan

China is officially neutral but is sometimes accused by Westerners of being too forgiving towards Russia, although US officials expressed cautious hopes after Beijing’s statements at the United Nations this week. The Chinese minister also met with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kouleba in New York and assured him that Beijing is calling for “respecting the territorial integrity of all countries”. “The basic solution is to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture,” Xi Jinping said on Saturday.

Last week, after meeting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Wang Yi’s “balanced position” on Ukraine, but also said he “understands (his) questions and (his) concerns” on the issue. On Saturday, the head of China’s diplomacy in the tribune of the UN, where Taiwan has no seat, said that China “must resolutely combat Taiwan’s separatist activities and take decisive measures to oppose outside interference.” “Any attempt to prevent China’s reunification is bound to be crushed by the wheel of history,” he added.

The minister met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday on the sidelines of the General Assembly, their first meeting since talks in Bali in July, where the two men expressed their desire to renew dialogue. A month later, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan, provoking Beijing’s ire and renewed tensions between the two great powers.

And US President Joe Biden said in an interview on Sunday that he was prepared to intervene militarily if China resorted to violence. During this meeting with Antony Blinken, Wang Yi also accused the United States of “sending very bad and dangerous signals” promoting Taiwan independence, according to a press release from China’s Foreign Ministry. The head of US diplomacy has expressed the need to maintain “peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait, according to a State Department spokesman.


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