Shooting back at Washington’s accusations that Beijing is considering providing “lethal support” for Moscow in Ukraine, including weapons, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stressed on Monday that the US is in no position to tell China what to do.
The Chinese diplomat pointed out during the regular press briefing on Monday that it’s not China, but the United States that has been pouring weapons into the battlefield in Ukraine adding that, since the beginning of the war, Beijing, unlike Washington, had been supporting peace talks.
He pointed to the fact that, while accusing Beijing, the US has sent Kyiv billions of dollars worth of military aid, including main battle tanks.
Wenbin, at the same time, urged Washington to seriously reflect on its role and do something to actually promote peace talks and help de-escalate the situation instead of spreading disinformation and deflecting the blame.
In his statement, the Chinese diplomat noted that the international community is fully aware of who is calling for dialogue and striving for peace, reiterating Russia’s accusations that the US is fanning the flames and stoking confrontation.
He added that Beijing is standing by its principles and is committed to its constructive role of promoting peace talks.
Citing information that Washington has in an interview with CBS on Sunday, US State Secretary Antony Blinken claimed that Beijing was considering providing lethal support to Russia, stressing that such a step might have serious consequences for US-China relations.
US envoy to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, later build up on Blinken’s comment, pointing out that Washington would view China sending weapons to Russia as a red line.
Warning that those calling for continued fighting don’t care about the life and death of Ukrainians, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said last week at the Munich Security Conference that Beijing has been working on a peace proposal – one which “some forces” might oppose – for the conflict in Ukraine.
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