Beijing’s top diplomat Wang Yi has said that China’s friendship with Moscow is “rock solid” and they will “resolutely defend national interests and dignity.”
Wang Yi is in a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to hold talks and the West have strong fears that China will supply “lethal aid” to Moscow and will play a part in the Ukraine war.
Beijing’s top diplomat said that China and Russia will reach a “new consensus” to advance their relationship “between major powers.”
Speaking in Moscow Wang Yi said, “Today I am willing to further exchange views with you, my old friend, on the advancement of our mutual relationship, and I think we will definitely reach new consensus.
“No matter how the international situation changes, China has been and remains willing to maintain the positive trend with Russia in building a new type of cooperative relationship between major powers.”
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The head of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, who is one of Putin’s closest allies was told by Wang Yi that ties between Moscow and Beijing are “solid as a rock.”
Wang added, “Sino-Russian relations are mature and solid as a rock, and will withstand the test of the changing international situation.
“We are ready, together with the Russian side, in accordance with top-level agreements, to resolutely defend national interests and dignity, and promote mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas.”
Patrushev said Moscow and Beijing will become strong allies against pressure from the West, and then accused the West of “unleashing” the “bloody events” in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Tuesday that there “will be a world war” if China sends “lethal aid” to Russia and sides with Putin, which Beijing has done today.
President Zelensky told German daily newspaper Die Welt, “I would like [China] to be on our side. At the moment, however, I don’t think it’s possible.
“But I do see an opportunity for China to make a pragmatic assessment of what is happening here. If China aligns itself with Russia, there will be a world war and I do think that China is aware of that.”
Intelligence sources have been warning that China’s meeting in Moscow are in fact “designed to accelerate the resolution of the crisis.”
A senior US state department official said that Beijing is trying to “have it both ways” by claiming they want to hold peace negotiations and at the same time China are talking “concerning” steps as the poised to send “lethal support” to Moscow.
The Chinese Ministry warned, “If the US insists on taking advantage of the issue, escalating the hype, and expanding the situation, China will follow through to the end, and the US will bear all the consequences.”
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “It is the United States and not China that is endlessly shipping weapons to the battlefield.
“We urge the United States to earnestly reflect on its own actions, and do more to alleviate the situation, promote peace and dialogue, and stop shifting blame and spreading false information.”