Alert: Beijing warns Chinese in Ukraine to leave the country immediately.

An evacuation warning was recently issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry to Chinese residents in Ukraine. Following the Crimean bridge explosion, the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine issued a series of warnings about the serious security situation for Chinese citizens in the country.

On Saturday, October 15, the embassy reiterated the evacuation warning to Chinese residents, according to the Chinese Communist regime’s state-run media Global Times. More than 6,000 Chinese citizens have been evacuated since March with the help of Chinese authorities.

Close ties between the CCP and Moscow suggest that China’s warning could signal a serious escalation of Russian attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure.

Kazakhstan, a Russia ally, also issued an evacuation warning for Kazakhs, “in view of intensified (military, Russian) attacks on (Ukrainian) civilian infrastructure and government facilities.” Since October 11, the Kazakh Embassy has been evacuating diplomatic employees and tracking residents in the country.

Other countries, such as Uzbekistan and Serbia, issued statements urging the evacuation of their citizens.

Serbia, also close to Russia, was evacuating its embassy in Ukraine and a spokesman told CNN that it would be operating from Belgrade.

China insists on a “diplomatic solution” to the Russia-Ukraine conflict

The Chinese communist regime has repeatedly stated that it believes that a diplomatic solution to the conflict is possible, and since the beginning of Russia’s advance on Ukraine, China has been close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Chinese regime’s media replicated Russian information and even praised the Russian army’s advances.

During the last meeting of the U.N. Security Council, China abstained from voting to condemn Russia. However, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone call in April with his Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba. As reported by Reuters, it was the first communication between the two countries, which was made at Ukraine’s request. Within the framework of the U.N. Security Council meeting, the two ministers met again on September 22.

After the Crimean bridge explosion, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said, “We have taken note of the relevant reports,” when asked about the explosion and shelling in Ukraine. “We also hope that the situation can de-escalate as quickly as possible.”

Asked by a reporter about Putin’s statements regarding the bridge explosion as a terrorist attack by Ukraine, Mao said, “China is in communication with all sides.” He added, “We are willing to play a constructive role to help de-escalate the situation.”

China’s stance was tested again at a recent meeting of the Arctic Circle Assembly, when a senior NATO official confronted He Rulong, China’s ambassador to Iceland.

Adm. Rob Bauer, chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, told the Chinese ambassador, “I have a question for you, because you underline the principle of sovereignty and the importance of internationally recognized borders in the world. I am right, am I not? Yes. Then why is it possible that China still does not condemn Russia’s attack in Ukraine?”

He mentioned that for China, the “Ukraine crisis” involves a historical perspective and that the world needs to “understand the cause” that originated the conflict. The Chinese diplomat called China “the peacemaker of the world,” causing a wave of scattered laughter in the room.

Could China’s stance change after the 20th CCP Congress?

Analysts and experts on the Russia-Ukraine conflict are pointing to Russia’s special military operation as a resounding failure. The waste of resources and the lack of a clear strategy are the main reasons for this failure. However, for Putin, Russia is doing “everything right.”

“It is not pleasant what is happening now,” Putin admitted at a press conference in Kazakhstan. If Russia had not invaded Ukraine, he added, “We would have been in the same situation a little later, only in worse conditions for us.” He said, “So we are doing everything right.”

Putin said, “We did not set ourselves the task of destroying Ukraine. No, of course not.” He said there was “no need for massive attacks” now because most of the designated targets had been hit.

During the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan, Xi Jinping and Putin met for the second time this year and reaffirmed the commitment between the two countries. Russian state news agency TASS reported that Putin received a birthday greeting from Xi. “As usual, a congratulatory telegram arrived. Gifts are delivered only during a meeting,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Apparently, despite the turbulence and international pressure for China to condemn Russia for the invasion in Ukraine, diplomatic relations between Moscow and the regime remain stable.

With the 20th Chinese Communist Party Congress that started on October 16, and would pave the way for Xi’s third term, the future between Russia and the CCP could take a turn. As reported by SCMP, Xi’s speech did not mention any foreign relations policy or the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

However, Xi noted that the CCP adheres to the principles of the U.N. Charter and the established international order.

As China expert Pang Zhongying, a professor of international politics at Ocean University of China, pointed out, Xi would be separating himself from his ally in this regard. Pang said, “I think it was very significant [for Xi] to mention the U.N. Charter because Russia’s invasion of Ukraine violates the U.N. Charter in terms of sovereignty. And by reiterating this, China draws some lines between itself and Russia and basically says that China has a different view from Russia on Ukraine.”

Xi also referred to the international community’s “external blackmail, containment, blockade and extreme pressure” on China. SCMP noted that this is the first time the Chinese leader has used the word “blackmail” to define changes in the international situation.

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