Beijing (The Times Groupe)- Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that China will continue to support Russia on “sovereignty and security,” a welcome boost for an increasingly isolated and ostracized Moscow.
“China is willing to support and strengthen strategic coordination with Russia on issues of core interests and common concern on sovereignty and security,” Xi told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call, Chinese media reported.
This was the pair’s second phone conversation since Russia launched its war on Ukraine on Feb. 24, which Moscow calls a “special military operation.”
The western bloc led by Europe and the US have slammed Russia with criticism and sanctions, making it the most sanctioned country in the world at the moment.
China, however, has refused to condemn Moscow’s actions directly, insisting instead on dialogue and diplomatic steps to resolve the conflict.
China has always “made independent judgments based on the history and merits of the matter itself,” Xi said, according to state-run newspaper Global Times.
Xi also reiterated his call for “all parties to responsibly push for a proper resolution of the Ukraine crisis,” adding that Beijing remains “ready to continue playing its due role in this regard.”
The report said he also told Putin that China is “willing to enhance coordination” at multilateral forums, including the United Nations, BRICS, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Xi Jinping