China’s foreign ministry stated that Beijing is strengthening “strategic coordination” with Moscow “no matter how the international situation changes” on Monday, April 18.

The statement is declared by China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng while at a meeting with Andrey Denisov, Russian Ambassador to China.

The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister referred to the China-Russia trade volume increase of almost 30% as evidence of “the resilience of cooperation” between the two countries.

He also said that China is committed to further protecting “both sides’ common interest.”

The U.S., the EU, and the United Nations have pressured Beijing to mediate the war and stay back from giving Moscow any material support. In return, Beijing has not explicitly guaranteed that it would not help Russia except for repeated peace calls while posing itself as being neutral.

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