According to the Liberty Times on Feb. 28, governments are focusing on assuring inhabitants’ protection following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, given China’s position on the Ukraine-Russia crisis, several international media questioned whether it was proper to ask Chinese citizens to identify themselves at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ regular press conference on Feb. 25 and 28.
Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, did not directly respond to the questions at the press conference on Feb. 25 and Feb. 28 but said that the situation in Ukraine is currently complicated and changeable.
During the press conferences, some media asked whether China’s previous call for Chinese citizens in Ukraine to identify themselves as Chinese was inappropriate. Is China planning an evacuation of its citizens, or is it concerned about the status of Chinese citizens in Ukraine?
Wang responded on Feb. 25, “The Chinese Embassy in Ukraine has issued a relevant consular security alert. I want to reiterate that the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Ukraine will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in the country. In case of emergency, Chinese citizens in Ukraine can use the hotline of our Global Emergency Call Center for Consular Protection and Services and stay in contact with the Chinese embassy and consulate.”
On Feb. 28, Wang Wenbin also stated that Ukraine’s current air and land traffic safety situation is precarious. “Given the volatile security situation of both air and land transportation in Ukraine, we solemnly remind Chinese citizens there to closely follow the local situation, remain calm, and take all necessary safety precautions to prevent the occurrence of accidents.”
At the latest press conference on March 1, Wang finally gave some details on the evacuation. At present, about 1,000 Chinese citizens in Ukraine have safely relocated.