Wang Yi, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, on Friday elaborated on China’s basic perspective on the Ukrainian issue.
Wang also had an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in Ukraine during his telephone talks with British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and ‘Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic adviser to the French president. Emmanuel Macron, respectively.
Regarding China’s basic position on the Ukraine issue, Wang stressed the following five points.
First, China upholds respect for and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries and sincerely abides by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. China’s position is consistent and clear, and it also applies to the Ukraine issue.
Second, China upholds the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, he said.
China believes that one country’s security cannot come at the expense of others’ security, and regional security cannot be guaranteed by strengthening and even expanding military blocs. And the reasonable security concerns of all countries must be respected. The Cold War mentality should be completely abandoned.
After the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s five consecutive rounds of eastward expansion, Russia’s legitimate security demands must be taken seriously and addressed appropriately, Wang added. .
Third, China has followed the development of the Ukrainian issue, and the current situation is something China does not want to see.
It is absolutely imperative that all parties exercise the necessary restraint in order to prevent the situation in Ukraine from deteriorating or even spiraling out of control. The security of life and property of ordinary citizens must be effectively safeguarded and, in particular, large-scale humanitarian crises must be avoided.
Fourth, the Chinese side supports and encourages all diplomatic efforts for the peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. And China welcomes direct talks and negotiations between Russia and Ukraine as soon as possible.
The Ukrainian question has evolved in a complex historical context. Ukraine should be a communication bridge between East and West, not the front line of clashes between big countries.
China also supports Europe and Russia in their efforts to maintain equal footing dialogue on the issue of European security, uphold the notion of indivisible security, and ultimately form a balanced European security mechanism, efficient and sustainable.
Fifthly, China believes that the UN Security Council should play a constructive role in resolving the Ukrainian issue, and that regional peace and stability as well as the security of all countries should be given priority.
The actions taken by the Security Council should reduce the tension rather than fan the flames, and should help to advance the settlement of the issue through diplomatic means rather than further aggravate the situation.
China always opposes the deliberate invocation of Chapter VII of Security Council resolutions to authorize the use of force and sanctions.
Wang said China, as a permanent member of the Security Council and a responsible major country, has always faithfully fulfilled its international obligations and played a constructive role in safeguarding world peace and stability.
On the issue of peace and security, China is a major country with the best record, Wang said, adding that China has never invaded other countries, launched proxy wars , sought spheres of influence or engaged in a confrontation of military blocs.
China adheres to the path of peace and development and is committed to building a community with a shared future for mankind, Wang said.
China will continue to firmly reject all hegemonies and strong powers, and firmly safeguard the legitimate and legal rights and interests of developing countries, especially small and medium-sized countries, he added.