The US, the EU and other wealthy democracies of the Group of Seven on Saturday called on Beijing to “resolutely” urge Russia to end the war in Ukraine, adding to previous warnings against economic or military aid to the Kremlin.
The call came after China disagreed with what French President Emmanuel Macron claimed was a shared goal with Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding a “ceasefire” in Ukraine. Beijing made no mention of the report after Tuesday’s call, while continuing to criticize the West for sending weapons to Ukraine.
In a lengthy statement issued after a meeting in Germany, G7 foreign ministers sent an unusually harsh message to China, calling for peace and stability in Taiwan amid diplomatic fears over increased Chinese military pressure on the self-governed island.
Beijing’s “no borders” partnership with Moscow, concluded weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, has alarmed western countries about whether China could undermine the effect of their sanctions against Russia. China has repeatedly said it does not consider the sanctions legitimate, adding that it would conduct normal trading activities with Russia.
“We encourage China, in accordance with international law, to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence and the integrity of its internationally recognized borders and resolutely urge Russia to end its military aggression against Ukraine,” it said. in the statement of the G7.
“We call on China not to assist 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 and denounce Russia’s actions in Ukraine. of involvement in information manipulation, disinformation and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine,” it said, though he did not elaborate on what consequences could follow.
The G7 consists of the US, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Japan, Canada and the EU.
The group also asked China to “act responsibly” in cyberspace, “to refrain from carrying out or supporting cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property for commercial gain.”
With UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet scheduled to visit Xinjiang later this month, the G7 is urging Chinese authorities to “allow immediate, meaningful and unimpeded access to Xinjiang and Tibet to independent observers, including the High Commissioner for the UN Human Rights and its potential. visit to China.” Beijing has taken a quirky approach to Uyghur Muslims in the region, including sending them to re-education camps.