At a regular news conference in the Chinese capital on Tuesday, March 15, China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that G20 is not an appropriate forum to discuss the Ukraine issue.

He said, “G20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation, not an appropriate platform to discuss political security issues such as Ukraine”.

Earlier, on Monday, March 14, during the meeting with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised concerns about China’s alignment with Russia.

Reuters quoted a US senior official in the meeting, “We have deep concerns about China’s alignment with Russia at this time, and the national security adviser was direct about those concerns and the potential implications and consequences of certain actions,”

This official added, “Sullivan described to Yang the unity of the United States and its allies and partners … in bringing costs on Russia for its actions.”

The G20, or Group of 20, consists of 19 countries, including China and the European Union. Its next summit is set for October on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

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