The Chinese government stated on Thursday, April 14, that it would deny “any pressure or coercion” on relations between Beijing and Moscow.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, defending China’s position on the war, “We oppose unfounded accusations and suspicions against China, nor will we accept any pressure or coercion.”

According to AP, Zhao’s statement came after U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen made a suggestion that Beijing should use its “special relationship with Russia” to persuade Moscow to end the war in Ukraine.

So far, China has continuously opposed economic sanctions against Russia and refused to use the term “invasion” for Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

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