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Xi Jinping conveys to Biden that the conflict “does not benefit anyone”

US President Joe Biden holds a conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. / afp

The Chinese president stated that both countries “should not only develop their bilateral relations on the right path, but also share international responsibility in maintaining peace in the world”

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The president of China, Xi Jinping, has recognized this Friday before his American counterpart, Joe Biden, that the conflict in Ukraine does not benefit any of the parties and has launched a call for peace and security throughout the world, according to sources. Chinese government officials.

“The situation in Ukraine,” President Xi transferred, “shows once again that countries cannot get involved in armed confrontations that do not benefit anyone’s interests, and that the international community should embrace peace and security,” he reports. the official Chinese news agency Xinhua.

The Chinese president has acknowledged that the international scene has experienced “important developments” since the virtual meeting that the two held in November last year and that “the prevailing trend of peace and development” is facing serious challenges. “The crisis in Ukraine is something we do not want to see,” the Chinese president reiterated.

Likewise, Xi has declared to Biden that both countries, as permanent members of the Security Council and the two largest economies in the world “should not only develop their bilateral relations on the right path, but also share the international responsibility in maintaining the Peace in the world”.

Chinese government sources had warned before the conversation that they will not allow the United States to exercise any kind of “coercion” when it comes to changing Beijing’s official position on the invasion, distinguished by its ambiguity. It must be remembered that the Chinese authorities have called for a negotiated solution to the conflict without ever speaking out openly against the incursion of Moscow, its close economic ally against the Western bloc.

In a new example of Beijing’s double stance, these sources explain that, since the beginning of the crisis “China has made an independent assessment and constructive efforts” on the situation, before emphasizing – in a new nod to Ukraine – that «it respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, although »it also pays attention to their security concerns« such as those exhibited by Russia on the expansion of NATO in Eastern Europe.

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