The U.S. State Department accuses China of condoning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Some senior members of the U.S. Congress said the U.S. needs to be alert to China’s threat.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 23, the U.S. State Department accused China of not using its influence to help prevent Russia from invading Ukraine.
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that “You will have to ask the PRC whether they have used their own considerable influence with the Russian Federation to that end.”
He refers to China’s lack of action to urge Russia “to back down, to de-escalate” the situation.
The spokesman also accused Russia and China of establishing a new “world order,” which—he said—was laid out in the joint-communiqué after Putin and Xi Jinping met on Feb. 4 at the Beijing Olympics opening.
He said, “This is an order that is and would be profoundly illiberal, an order that stands in contrast to the system that countries around the world – including, by the way, Russia and in some ways the PRC – have built over the last seven decades. It is an order that is in many ways destructive rather than additive.”
In an interview with Fox News, Jesse Watters Primetime on Thursday, Feb. 24, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio warned that the U.S. couldn’t afford to lose sight of China’s threat amid the escalation of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Senator Rubio stated: ‘We’re too dependent on China for our supply chain. We’re too dependent on Russia and the rest of the world for our energy.”
And he concluded that the U.S. “needs to be able to make more things in this country, produce more of our energy, or we could be held hostage the way he’s [Putin] going to hold Europe hostage.”
On Friday, Feb. 25, China continued to refuse to acknowledge Russia’s move into Ukraine as an “invasion” while criticizing the West’s sanctions against Russia.
At a press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌) said that China “opposes all illegal unilateral sanctions.”
Besides, China Customs announced on Wednesday, Feb. 23, that it would allow wheat import from all over Russia.
In response, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison criticized China for not taking a concrete action on the Russian invasion.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that while the world sought additional sanctions on Russia, China had eased restrictions on the Russian wheat trade.
He told reporters at a press conference on Friday morning, per Australia’s ABC News.
“You don’t go and throw a lifeline to Russia in the middle of a period when they are invading another country. That is simply unacceptable.”