China Urges US To Immediately Stop Illegal Unilateral Sanctions

Washington’s sanctions have created victims all over the world, Chinese diplomat Lin pointed out.

On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian said that the normal economic and trade interactions between China and Russia should not be used as a tool to smear and contain China. He also urged the United States to immediately stop slapping illegal unilateral sanctions and play a constructive role in ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict and restoring peace.

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Lin made the remarks at a regular press briefing in response to a media query concerning a new U.S. anti-Russia sanctions package that includes more than 300 companies, banks and dozens of individuals from Russia and other countries, including China.

Lin said the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Russia is inherently logical and highly resilient, and is in the interests of both countries.

“China firmly opposes all unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction. The normal economic and trade interactions between China and Russia should not be interfered with or disrupted, still less be used as a tool to smear and contain China,” he said.

On the Ukraine crisis, it is quite clear to the international community who is calling for dialogue and striving for peace, and who is fueling the fight and inciting confrontation, Lin said.

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The United States on the one hand continues to pour weapons and munition into Ukraine, yet on the other shifts the blame of undermining peace and protracting the crisis to other countries, Lin said, adding that it even sees the crisis as an opportunity to slap sanctions and suppress others. “All of it reveals Washington’s calculations, hypocrisy and what a bully it is,” he added.

The U.S. sanctions have created victims all over the world, severely undermined other countries’ sovereignty and security, caused humanitarian tragedies and disrupted industrial and supply chains, Lin said.

Since the escalation of the Ukraine crisis, the United States has even doubled down on sanctions. Wielding the big stick of sanctions does not solve problems, the Chinese diplomat said, adding it will only be a major source of risks for the world.

“China did not create and is not a party to the Ukraine crisis, and we will not accept smears, pressuring or blame-shifting,” Lin pointed out, stressing that China will take all necessary measures to firmly safeguard the lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies and citizens. 

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Source: Xinhua

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