Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a phone call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi about “Moscow’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war against Ukraine” on Saturday, March 5.
Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, said, “The Secretary noted the world is watching to see which nations stand up for the basic principles of freedom, self-determination, and sovereignty.”
Price added: “He underscored the world is acting in unison to repudiate and respond to the Russian aggression, ensuring that Moscow will pay a high price.”
In response, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated that China has “grave concern over recent words and deeds of the U.S. side.”
In addition, Wang supposed that China’s stance on the Ukraine “issue” is “based on the merits of the matter concerned.” He also called on the U.S. to stop supporting “Taiwan independence.”
On the official website of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang “encouraged the United States, NATO, the European Union and Russia to engage in dialogue on an equal footing, face up to the contradictions and problems accumulated over the years, and pay attention to the negative impact of NATO’s continuous eastward expansion on Russia’s security environment.”
China currently faces growing questions about whether it has placed its living-in-Ukraine residents in danger by downplaying the war threat.
Back in the middle of February, when the Russian threat was increasing, more than a dozen countries urged their citizens to leave Ukraine.
Not until Feb. 25, the day after Russia launched its invasion, the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine began asking its nationals if they wanted to be evacuated on charter flights.