Since the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine, China has claimed, on the surface, that it respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Still, it has not condemned or sanctioned Russia over its aggression. In addition, local state media blocked anti-war speech. Experts believe that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses the media as a battlefield and secretly supports Russia.

At 2:00 a.m. on Feb. 26, the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China published China’s “five-point position” on the current Ukraine issue. According to the website, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on Feb. 25, had a phone call with British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and French Presidential Adviser Emmanual Bonne.

Regarding the situation, Wang Yi expounded on China’s attitude towards Ukraine with five primary points—China:

  • Stands for respecting and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries;
  • Russia’s legitimate security demands should be taken seriously and properly resolved;
  • It is imperative that all parties exercise necessary restraint;
  • Russia and Ukraine are welcome to hold direct dialogue and negotiation as soon as possible;
  • Does not agree with Security Council resolutions that frequently invoke Chapter VII, which authorizes the use of force and sanctions.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has entered its third day, and Russian troops have faced stubborn resistance. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk is calling on the International Red Cross to help return the bodies of Russian soldiers to Russia.

While Russia and Ukraine are at war, China simultaneously launched a media war and a public opinion war in support of Russia on the Internet. On the first day of the war, as an example, China says that Russia is advancing and destroying the Ukrainian Air Force and the Civil Guard headquarters.

But according to a press release by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the Russian army lost more than 30 tanks, up to 130 armored vehicles, seven aircraft, and six helicopters.

International intelligence reports show that Ukrainian resistance is far more tenacious than expected, and Russia has failed to deliver on its first day of battle plans.

China also touted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal to “demilitarize and de-Nazify” Ukraine and “dissolve Ukraine’s recent military strength that has grown significantly due to foreign aggressive actions and other reasons.” China also agreed with Putin’s claims that the Ukrainian government is guilty of “various crimes.” Therefore, the Chinese media believe that Russia’s attack on Ukraine is “just.”

CCTV News even forwarded fake news from Russia, saying that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had left Kyiv on Feb. 25. All his appeals from the Ukrainian capital were filmed in advance.

But the reality is that President Zelensky has consistently refused to leave Kyiv and personally sent a video to clarify.

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