Chinese ambassador scoffs at calls for Beijing to join condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine: 'Don't be naive'
China's ambassador to the US said condemning Russiafor its invasion "doesn't solve the problem."
- Qin Gang said on CBS News that China was sending food and other aid while seeking deescalation.
China's ambassador to the US on Sunday scoffed at a question about condemning Russia's invasion of
Ambassador Qin Gang told CBS
"Don't be naive," Qin said. "It doesn't solve the problem. I would be surprised if Russia will back down by condemnation."
Qin said China had called for peace talks and a cease-fire, touting what he called the country's "unique position" with Russia given their shared borders and interests.
"China's trusted relations with Russia, it's not a liability — actually it's an asset in the
While China's leader,
"We have already made it very clear that, you know, national sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, including Ukraine, should be respected and protected," Qin said. "But as I said, condemnation only cannot work. What we need is good diplomacy based on vision, wisdom, and courage."
"There's disinformation about China providing military assistance to Russia. We reject that," Qin responded. "What China is doing is send foods, medicine, sleeping bags, and baby formula — not weapons and ammunition to any party, and we are against a war, as I said, you know, we will do everything to dis-escalate the crisis."
Top US officials have said Russia asked China for military and economic assistance for the invasion of Ukraine, though officials did not say what types of weapons Russia asked for.
"China has normal trade, economic, financial, energy cooperation with Russia," Qin said Sunday. "These are the normal, normal business between two sovereign countries."
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