China calls for ‘ceasefire through dialogue’ after Putin’s speech



China on Wednesday called for a “ceasefire through dialogue” and respect for the “territorial integrity” of all countries after Russian President Vladimir Putinon Ukraine, in which I announced a partial military mobilization.

“We call on the parties concerned to achieve a ceasefire through dialogue and consultation, and to find a solution that addresses the legitimate security concerns of all parties as soon as possible,” the ministry spokesperson said. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin at a regular press briefing.

“We always maintain that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected, that the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations must be respected, that the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be taken seriously and that all efforts aimed at the peaceful resolution of crises must be supported.

Putin announced the mobilization earlier on Wednesday and pledged to use “all available means” to protect Russian territory, after Moscow-held regions of Ukraine announced annexation referendums.

Beijing’s latest statement differs little from its previous announcements on Ukraine in which it also called for a ceasefire through dialogue.

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Last week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a routine briefing: “We call on the parties concerned to reach a ceasefire through dialogue and negotiation and find a way to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties involved as soon as possible.

“Furthermore, we hope that the international community will create the conditions and the space for this.”

China has repeatedly said it supports all countries’ sovereignty over Ukraine, but has refused to condemn Russia’s actions.

In March, its permanent representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, said China had “always maintained that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected”, while also giving a nod to the “legitimate security concerns” of all parties.

China and Russia have grown closer in recent years in what they call a “boundless” relationship that acts as a counterweight to US global dominance.

Last week, Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met in Uzbekistan for a regional summit and rallied Asian leaders behind a new “international order” challenging Western influence.

“China calls on relevant parties to properly resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation, and is willing to work with the international community to continue to play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation,” Wang added Wednesday.

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