October 7, 2022

China supports Ukraine and its territorial integrity at the UN

United Nations (EFE). – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday conveyed to his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, China’s “respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a tweet from Kuleba itself.

According to the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Wang also “transmitted his rejection of the use of force as a means of settling disputes between countries”.

For its part, the Twitter account of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is limited to posting a photo of the handshake of the two ministers, with their flags behind it, without the slightest comment.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (R) during a meeting at UN headquarters in New York, New York, US. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

Wang’s words, as transcribed by Kuleba, do not represent a major change in China’s attitude, especially since they do not contain the slightest criticism of Russia and therefore do not translate any shift in the equal distance Beijing has tried to demonstrate in this war. between the two participants.

China will be able to better determine its position tomorrow

Some relevant countries, such as India, seem to be increasingly different from Russia. This is not the case with China, which showed its ambiguity in the Security Council yesterday, defending the principle of territorial integrity, but again hinting at the need to understand Russia’s reasons.

In any case, if there is any change in this tilted neutrality towards Russia, we will have to wait until tomorrow, Saturday, the day Wang Yi takes the floor before the General Assembly and thus will be able to reconsider his position. a week in which Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a new turn with his call for the mobilization of 300,000 soldiers and the announcement of two referendums on the annexation of several Ukrainian regions to Russia.

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