Beijing (Times Of Ocean)- Xi Jinping said on Friday China and the US should “share international responsibilities” for world peace and harmony.
On Friday, US and Chinese presidents talked for two hours about the need for peace in Ukraine.
In a statement, the Chinese government said the two presidents agreed the video call was “constructive.”
Xi said the US and NATO should engage Russia to “address the crux of the Ukrainian crisis.”
Speaking of Western sanctions on Russia, Xi said: “Sweeping and indiscriminate sanctions would only make the people suffer. If further escalated, they could trigger serious crises in global economy and trade, finance, energy, food, and industrial and supply chains, crippling the already languishing world economy and causing irrevocable losses.”
Beijing has refrained from denouncing Russia’s war on Ukraine, instead insisting on dialogue and a peaceful solution to the crisis.
“Whatever the circumstances, there is always a need for political courage to create space for peace and leave room for political settlement,” Xi said.
The Russia-Ukraine war, which began on Feb. 24, has drawn international condemnation, led to financial sanctions on Moscow, and caused global firms to pull out of Russia.
At least 816 civilians have been killed and 1,333 injured in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, according to the UN, which said the number is probably higher.
The UN refugee agency reports that more than 3.27 million people have fled to neighboring countries.
Xi said that the world “is neither tranquil nor stable.”
“The Ukraine crisis is not something we want to see. The events again show countries should not come to the point of meeting on the battlefield,” the Chinese president said, adding that conflict and confrontation “are not in anyone’s interest.”
He said peace and security are “what the international community should treasure the most.”
The Chinese president said leaders of the major countries “need to think about how to properly address global hotspot issues and keep in mind global stability and the work and life of billions of people.”
There will still be differences between China and the US, Xi acknowledged.
“What matters is to keep such differences under control. A steadily growing relationship is in the interest of both sides,” he told Biden.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the two presidents asked their respective teams to “promptly follow up and take concrete actions to put China-US relations back on the track of steady development, and contribute to the proper settlement of the Ukraine crisis.”
‘Wrong signal’ on Taiwan
Referring to self-ruled Taiwan, Xi said: “Some in the US have sent a wrong signal to ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, which is very dangerous.”
“Mishandling of the Taiwan question will have a disruptive impact on the bilateral ties. China hopes that the US will give due attention to this issue,” said Xi.
Taiwan is considered by China as its “breakaway province” and has not ruled out using force to reunite it with the mainland.
In 1979, the US recognized China and shifted diplomatic relations from Taipei to Beijing, including Taiwan as part of mainland China.
Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 has guided US relations with Taiwan. These ties have also been informed by what are known as the Three Communiques, which are bilateral agreements with China.