Chinese leaders have described the situation in Ukraine as “extremely worried” and are calling for “maximum restraint” as the conflict escalate.
China’s President Xi Jinping called for “maximum restraint” after Russia invaded Ukraine, and Beijing “is suffering from seeing the flames of war reignite in Europe.”
Xi spoke at a virtual meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Prime Minister Olav Schortz on Tuesday, saying the three countries should jointly support peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, state broadcaster CCTV said. Reported.
Chinese leaders said they were “extremely worried” about the situation in Ukraine and should prioritize preventing Ukraine from escalating or “runaway.”
Xi also said France and Germany should make efforts to reduce the negative effects of the crisis and expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on global financial, energy supply, transportation and supply chain stability.
In a statement, a German government spokesperson said: “Prime Minister Olaf Scholz, President Macron, and President West have agreed to fully support all negotiations aimed at diplomatic resolution of the dispute.
“The three heads of state and the government have spoken in favor of access to areas where humanitarian relief is at stake,” a spokesman said, and their three foreign ministers coordinated further efforts to end the war. He added that he would enter into close consultation to do so.
China, which has refused to condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine or call it an aggression, has repeatedly expressed opposition to what it describes as illegal sanctions against Russia.
China’s friendship with Russia, strengthened by attending the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on the same day that President Vladimir Putin declared an “unlimited” strategic partnership last month, is a war in Ukraine. As it intensifies, it becomes more troublesome for China.
According to a report from Beijing, Katrina Yu of Al Jazeera said China is increasing pressure to confront the Ukrainian conflict.
“What China wanted to see was the swift end of this war in Ukraine, but as things escalated, Beijing expressed its view as a known friend of Russia and played some sort of play. It’s clear that we’re under pressure to be seen, and we’re playing a positive role. “
“China is walking on a very tight and tricky diplomatic rope. I hope it looks like it’s not standing by at all.”
On Tuesday, the CIA’s director general said he believed that Xi was “unstable” by Russia’s difficulties in invading Ukraine and how the war brought the United States and Europe closer together.
“I think President Xi and Chinese leaders are a little worried about what is seen in Ukraine,” Central Intelligence Agency boss William Burns said in a hearing on the assessment of global threats. Told.
“They did not anticipate the serious difficulties that the Russians would encounter.”
Mr Burns, a 30-year-old American diplomat and former Moscow ambassador, said China’s leadership was “concerned about the possible loss of reputation that could result from a close relationship with President Putin. I told the panel of the US House of Representatives.
Almost two weeks after the invasion, Russian troops stagnated in Ukraine, killing as many as 4,000 Pentagon estimates and encountering unexpectedly strong resistance from Ukrainian troops.
Moscow describes actions in Ukraine as a “special military operation” to disarm neighbors and unseat leaders called neo-Nazis. Ukraine and its western allies call this an unfounded excuse for aggression to conquer a country of 44 million people.