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China on the right side of history over Ukraine war - foreign minister

Published Mar 19, 2022 11:53PM ET Updated Mar 20, 2022 02:10AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi poses for a picture prior to meeting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome, Italy October 31, 2021. Tiziana Fabi/Pool via REUTERS

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China stands on the right side of history over the Ukraine crisis as time will tell, and its position is in line with the wishes of most countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

"China will never accept any external coercion or pressure, and opposes any unfounded accusations and suspicions against China," Wang told reporters on Saturday evening, according to a statement published by his ministry on Sunday.

Wang's comments came after U.S. President Joe Biden warned his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Friday of "consequences" if Beijing gave material support to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

During the video call, Xi told Biden the war in Ukraine must end as soon as possible and called on NATO nations to hold a dialogue with Moscow. He did not, however, assign blame to Russia, according to Beijing's statements about the call.

Wang said the most important message Xi sent was that China has always been a force for maintaining world peace.

"We have always stood for maintaining peace and opposing war," Wang said, reiterating that China will make independent judgements.

"China's position is objective and fair, and is in line with the wishes of most countries. Time will prove that China's claims are on the right side of history."

Also on Saturday, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said that sanctions imposed by Western nations on Russia over Ukraine were increasingly "outrageous".

The United States and its European and Asian allies have imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia for the Feb. 24 invasion of its neighbour, which they call a war of aggression by President Vladimir Putin. He says he launched a "special operation" to demilitarise and "denazify" Ukraine.

While saying it recognises Ukraine's sovereignty, Beijing has repeatedly said that Russia has legitimate security concerns that should be addressed and urged a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

(This story corrects spelling of "suspicions" in second paragraph)

China on the right side of history over Ukraine war - foreign minister
 

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Tochukwu Kelvin
Tochukwu Kelvin Mar 21, 2022 3:34AM ET
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Russia is just i really really don't know we'll?
Shep De
Shep De Mar 20, 2022 7:15PM ET
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Scary. Xi rebuffed Biden's 'consequences' threat of China helping Russia. "China will never accept and external coercion or pressures and opposes unfounded accusations."
Roger Pruzansky
Roger Pruzansky Mar 20, 2022 2:47PM ET
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I think china took a look at the rest of the world and said you gonna make it Taiwan after watching this.
Miguel Ochoa
Miguel Ochoa Mar 20, 2022 9:22AM ET
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Using threat to others that slso can blast us into pieces is a losing policy. We are not a police corp!Diplomacy and respect gir opinions of others is the only sensible way outbodbthid situation!…we are not invencible machos!Unfortunatly many think so!!!!!
gab nea
gab nea Mar 20, 2022 7:44AM ET
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so siding with putin, will prove China right? two red peas in a pod.
Stephen Tong
Stephen Tong Mar 20, 2022 7:44AM ET
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to you guys, the only thing you can think of Is taking sides. there's something called right and wrong. go take a history lesson.
Honey Badger
Honey Badger Mar 20, 2022 7:09AM ET
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Stop dictating other countries 😤 US is beyond this war and not making any effort to peace rather escalating every day. You killed millions in other countries now Ukraine bring killed because of your polices.
IceIce Baby
IceIceBaby Mar 20, 2022 5:19AM ET
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Chine will decide when there will be clear the outcome. :))
Janet Louis
Janet Louis Mar 20, 2022 4:44AM ET
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Why U.S can attacks other countries but Russia can't?
Pete Dee
Pete Dee Mar 20, 2022 4:06AM ET
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Mr. Yi Sides With Most Nations. Mr. Yi Respects Ukraine Sovereignty As in Baseball 2 Strikes Against Putin Already. Thirdly Mr. Yi Gives Putin The Benefit Of The Doubt By Suggesting Diplomatic Solution And Accord Between EastAnd West.If This Is China's Official Statement Putin Should Be Very 😠 Right Now.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Mar 20, 2022 3:42AM ET
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Not sure it is a good strategy to play both sides history will tell if that works. I have great respect for china and what they have done with their country the last 50 years as a result of opening their economy. But must fortunes comes from western companies building plants and technology in china for cheap labour.
 
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