China Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi, on Saturday, has reiterated that there’s need to resume security dialogue between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), European Union (EU) with Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, saying that sanctioning will only cause more damages than repair.
According to CGTN, the Chinese official made the remarks on a telephone conversation with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who both shared views on the situation in Ukraine and a possible way out, instead of making sanctions. Councilor Wang insists that China is in support of a renegotiation of talks among the affected parry to seek the building of a balanced, effective, and sustainable European security mechanism and achieve long-term stability on the European continent.
Noting on Friday meeting at the UN, China representative at the UN, Minister Zhang Jun has also made the same statement, where he’s of the view that “sanctioning can only fuel the crisis, but rather they should look for viable or other means of settling the disputes, and that territorial integrity of countries must be respected.”
The telephone conversation between President Xi of China and President Putin also represented the view that dialogue should be made instead of an armed struggle, which the Chinese have been telling the world of its repercussions politically and economically.
According to Wang, he said China is highly concerned about the situation in Ukraine and supports all efforts that are conducive to de-escalation and a political solution.
When it comes to European security issues, legitimate concerns of all countries should be taken seriously, Wang said, adding that Russia’s legitimate security demands should be addressed properly, given five consecutive rounds of NATO’s expansion eastward.
Wang insists that China is not of the opinion of solving problems through sanctions, and rejected sanctions as there’s no law for it internationally because sanctions will only worsen the situation by causing a “lose-lose” scenario economically.
China as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), will always fulfill its responsibility in maintaining international peace and security, if the Council were to take action, it should be helpful for a political solution to the current crisis, instead of provoking new confrontation, Wang said.
“China will continue to play a constructive role in seeking peace and realizing peace,” CGTN reported.