Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

United Nations (EFE).- The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, told his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, this Friday that China “respects the sovereignty of Ukraine and its territorial integrity,” according to a tweet by Kuleba himself.

According to the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Wang expressed “rejection of the use of force as a means of resolving differences” between the countries.

For its part, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account limited itself to posting a photo of the two ministers shaking hands with their flags behind them with little comment.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (R) during a meeting at UN headquarters in New York, New York, United States. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

Wang’s words, as transcribed by Kuleba, do not represent a major shift in China’s attitude, especially since they do not include the slightest criticism directed at Russia and therefore do not translate into any change in the balance Beijing seeks to show in this war. between two competitors.

China will be able to better define its position tomorrow

Some relevant countries, such as India, seem to show greater differences with Russia. This is not the case for China, which yesterday showed its ambiguity in the Security Council once again defending the principle of territorial integrity, but again pointing to the need to understand Russia’s motives.

In any case, if this leaning toward Russia is to change neutrality, we will have to wait until tomorrow, Saturday, when Wang Yi takes the floor before the General Assembly and thus we will be able to define his position. That week the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, took a new turn by calling for the mobilization of 300,000 troops and announcing two referendums on whether different Ukrainian regions should join Russia.

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