The United States, the European Union and other wealthy Group of Seven democracies on Saturday called on Beijing to “resolutely” urge Russia to stop the war in Ukraine, adding to previous warnings against economic or military assistance to the Kremlin. .
The call came after China failed to echo what French President Emmanuel Macron claimed was a shared goal with Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding a “ceasefire” in Ukraine. Beijing did not mention the message after Tuesday’s call, as it continued to criticize the West for sending weapons to Ukraine.
In a lengthy statement issued after a meeting in Germany, the G7 foreign ministers sent an unusually harsh message to China, calling for peace and stability in Taiwan amid diplomatic fears over mounting Chinese military pressure on the autonomous island. .
Beijing’s “no-holds-barred” partnership with Moscow, concluded weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, has alarmed Western countries about whether China could undermine the effect of its sanctions on Russia. China has repeatedly said it does not consider the sanctions legitimate, adding that it would conduct normal business with Russia.
“We encourage China to support, in accordance with international law, the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and the integrity of its internationally recognized borders, and to resolutely urge Russia to stop its military aggression against Ukraine,” the G7 statement read.
“We call on China not to help Russia in its war of aggression against Ukraine, not to undermine the sanctions imposed on Russia for its attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, not to justify Russian action in Ukraine, and to desist from engaging in information manipulation, disinformation and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine,” he said, stopping short of explaining the consequences that might follow.
The G7 is made up of the United States, Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and the EU.
The group also called on China to “act responsibly” in cyberspace, “refraining from engaging in or supporting cyber intellectual property theft for commercial gain.”
With UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet visiting Xinjiang later this month, the G7 urged Chinese authorities to “allow immediate, meaningful and unrestricted access to Xinjiang and Tibet for observers.” independents, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and her potential visit to China.” Beijing has maintained a high-handed approach towards Muslim Uyghurs in the region, even sending them to re-education camps.