China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang said in his first public press conference at the annual session of the Chinese legislature that China-Russia relations do not threaten any country and, in fact, advance the multipolarization of the world. According to the minister, the country’s global security initiative is committed to multilateralism and opposed to block confrontation. The initiative “hopes to count on the participation of all actors to enrich it,” and China is ready to “work with all countries that want peace to face all kinds of security challenges.”
In relation to the crisis in Ukraine, the Chinese minister denied that his country has sold arms to Russia and affirmed that China has made “an independent judgment” and “bet on peace.” Qin also indicated that China is not directly involved in the crisis and has issued a document with proposals for peace. The Chinese government recently issued a statement on what it calls the “conflict,” in which it advocates respect for the sovereignty of all countries, the abandonment of the “cold war mentality,” a cease-fire, and “restraint” to “prevent the situation from getting out of control” and escalating into a nuclear conflict.
As for China-Russia relations, Qin stressed that they are based on mutual strategic trust and good neighborliness and that the multipolarization of international relations is advancing thanks to this partnership. The minister also pointed out that the country’s global security initiative is committed to this multilateralism that opposes the “confrontation” of blocs.
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