China expressed deep concern about the war in Ukraine and vowed to promote inclusive dialogue between the parties involved.
“[Beijing] is deeply concerned [with the conflict in Ukraine] escalating and even spiraling out of control,” China‘s new foreign minister Qin Gang said during a speech on global security on Tuesday (21/2), as quoted by AFP .
Qin also said China will work with the international community to promote peaceful dialogue.
“[We] will work with the international community to promote dialogue and consultation, address all sides' concerns and seek common security,” Qin said.
The Beijing government will also release a proposed “political solution” to the war between Russia and Ukraine this week.
Ahead of the one year anniversary of Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Qin said China also urged other countries to stop supplying weapons to both sides.
“At the same time, we urge countries to stop adding fuel that could fuel the fire as soon as possible, to stop shifting the blame onto China.” the Foreign Minister continued.
The comments were in response to US officials accusing China of sending weapons to Russia.
Qin also alluded to several parties provoking the situation by echoing the narrative that Taiwan will also suffer the same fate as Ukraine due to the potential for invasion by China.
“Stop making a fuss by shouting ‘Today Ukraine, tomorrow Taiwan',” Qing said again.
During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Western countries, especially the US, often stated that Taiwan would become the next Ukraine. This assumption arises because China often intimidates the island with military action.
The US and China have often clashed over various matters, ranging from issues of trade, technology, human rights, to the issue of Taiwan.