China’s top envoy to the US denied that Beijing was sending military equipment to Russia to support its neighbor’s invasion of Ukraine; China declined to rule out such a move explicitly and defended its unaltered economic relationship with Moscow.

On March 20, in an interview with the CBS channel, Chinese ambassador Qin Gang 秦刚 in the US said that Beijing was sending humanitarian aid to help those affected by the conflict. And reports that Beijing was inclined to provide military assistance to Russia were “disinformation.”

The Chinese diplomat said, “what China is doing is sending food, medicine, sleeping bags, and baby formula, not weapons and ammunition to any party, and we are against the war.”

On March 18, in a two-hour voice conference, US President Joe Biden warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that consequences await Beijing for any support it provides to Moscow to subdue Ukraine.

When pressed to answer whether Beijing would support Russia’s financial ability to boost the invasion, Qin Gang 秦刚 explained, “China has normal trade, economic, financial energy cooperation with Russia.”

The diplomat also defended Beijing’s decision to abstain from a decision by the UN’s International Court of Justice that ordered Russia to halt its military operations in Ukraine immediately.

Qin Gang said, “China makes its observations and conclusions independently, based on the merits of the matter,” adding that condemnation of Russia over the matter was “naive.”

According to Qin Gang, “China upholds the UN purposes and principles, including the respect for the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, including Ukraine.” However, still, Ukraine’s history is complex.

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