The United States, EU and other wealthy Group of Seven democracies on Saturday called on Beijing to “resolutely” urge Russia to stop the war in Ukraine, adding to previous warnings against economic or military aid to the Kremlin.
The call came after China failed to echo what French President Emmanuel Macron said was a shared goal with Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding a “ceasefire” in Ukraine. Beijing made no mention of the message after Tuesday’s call, as it continued to criticize the West for sending weapons to Ukraine.
In a lengthy statement released after a meeting in Berlin, G7 foreign ministers sent an unusually harsh message to China, calling for peace and stability in Taiwan amid diplomatic fears over mounting pressure Chinese military on the autonomous island.
Beijing’s “no limits” partnership with Moscow, struck weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, has alarmed Western countries about whether China could undermine the effect of their sanctions on Russia. China has repeatedly said it does not consider the sanctions legitimate, adding that it will conduct normal business activities with Russia.
“We encourage China to support, in accordance with international law, Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence and the integrity of its internationally recognized borders and resolutely urge Russia to end its military aggression against Ukraine.” , says the G7 statement.
“We call on China not to help 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 not justify Russian action in Ukraine and to refrain from engaging in manipulation of information, disinformation and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine,” a- he declared, without however specifying the consequences which could result from it.
The G7 includes the United States, Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada as well as the EU.
The group also called on China to “act responsibly” in cyberspace, “to refrain from conducting or supporting the theft of intellectual property for commercial gain.”
With UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet due to visit Xinjiang later this month, the G7 is urging Chinese authorities to “allow immediate, meaningful and unimpeded access to Xinjiang and in Tibet to independent observers, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and his potential”. visit to China. Beijing has maintained an overbearing approach to Uyghur Muslims in the region, including sending them to re-education camps.