China Reaffirms “Rock Solid” Ties with Russia

Beijing declared ties with Russia to be “rock solid” despite President Vladimir Putin invasion of Ukraine. The remarks were made while repeating an earlier accusation that the U.S. is trying to build a Pacific version of NATO.

“No matter how precarious and challenging the international situation may be, China and Russia will maintain a strategic focus and steadily advance our comprehensive strategic partnership and coordination,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday.

Earlier Wang said, Beijing would share a fair share of hand in negotiating talk over Ukraine dispute and the world not to put “oil on fire”.

He said the “real goal” of the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy was to form a version of NATO in the region.

“The perverse actions run counter to the common aspiration of the region for peace, development, cooperation and Win Win outcomes,” he added. “They are doomed to fail.”

Wang also noted the current situation in Ukraine did not happen overnight and used a tradition Chinese expression, “three feet of ice does not form in a single day”.

“Solving complex problems requires calmness and rationality, rather than adding fuel to the fire and intensifying contradictions,” he said.

China has already done “some work” to promote peace talks and has all along been in contact with all sides, he added.

“China is prepared to continue playing a constructive role to facilitate dialogue for peace and work alongside the international communications when needed to carry out necessary mediation,” Wang said. However, he did not provide any input on whether Chinese would mediate a peace talk.