In recent days, China has criticized the U.S. for rising tensions over Ukraine and the escalation of economic sanctions against Russia.
On Saturday, February 26, the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China published a five-point position statement on the Ukraine issue by Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
One of the points says that China firmly advocates respecting and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries and earnestly abiding by the UN Charter’s purposes and principles. This position is consistent and clear, and it applies equally to Ukraine.
The statement came after Wang Yi had separate phone calls on February 25 with British Foreign Secretary Truss, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Borrell, and French Presidential Advisor Bona.
As Reuters reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin talked to Chinese President Xi Jinping by phone on Feb. 25. According to China’s foreign ministry, Putin said that the Russian side is willing to conduct high-level negotiations with the Ukrainian side.
However, despite growing Russian military assaults, China has declined to label Russia’s actions in Ukraine as an “invasion.”
The New York Times reported on February 25 that the U.S. shared with Beijing intelligence on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and that China leaked the secret to Russia as a result.
The report said that senior Biden administration officials held six emergency meetings with top Chinese officials over three months, asking China to tell Russia not to invade Ukraine. However, Chinese officials rejected U.S. requests at each meeting and said they did not believe an invasion was in the works.
Following a diplomatic exchange last December, U.S. officials received intelligence indicating that Beijing had shared the information with Moscow, telling the Russians that the U.S. was attempting to sow discord and that China would not try to impede Russian plans and actions, according to the officials.