Ukraine has ‘sounded the alarm for humanity’, says China

BEIJING –

The conflict in Ukraine has “sounded the alarm for humanity,” Chinese leader Xi Jinping said on Wednesday as China continues to take a neutral position while supporting its ally Russia.

China has refused to criticize Russia’s war in Ukraine or even to refer to it as an invasion of respect for Moscow, while condemning US-led sanctions against Russia and accusing the West of provoking Moscow.

“The crisis in Ukraine has once again alarmed humanity. Countries will certainly end up in security difficulties if they blindly trust their positions of strength, expand military alliances and seek their own security at the expense of others,” the official Xinhua News Agency quoted Xi as saying. say.

Xi, who did not propose any solutions, spoke at the opening of a virtual business forum for the “BRICS” countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In other comments, Xi said that the imposition of sanctions could act as a “boomerang” and a “double-edged sword”, and that the global community would suffer from “politicization, mechanization and arming of” global economic trends and financial flows.

Xi also said China would seek to reduce the damage to international supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has faced a hard line of lockdowns and quarantines despite a declining number of cases and rising economic costs.

China’s increasingly confident foreign policy and drive to dominate global markets has led to a downturn in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, including calls to replace Chinese suppliers and reduce dependence on the Chinese economy.

Xi called on nations to work together on such issues, saying efforts to “build a small courtyard with high walls” were not in anyone’s interest.

“Economic globalization is an objective requirement for the development of productive forces and an irresistible historical trend,” Xi said.

“Going back in history and trying to block the path of others will only block your own path in the end,” he said.

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