China Pledges to De-Escalate War in Ukraine

China boosted its effort to balance relationship with U.S and Russia as Biden administration pushing international community to bring an end to the war in Ukraine.
China’s top envoy to Washington pledged his country “will do everything” to de-escalate the war in Ukraine and said its relationship with Russia is “not part of the problem.”
The ambassador’s comments followed after Joe Biden warned his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping of “implications and consequences”, if China chooses to side with Russian on this war.
President Xi assured Biden that his country didn’t want this war, according to Chinese readouts of the video call on Friday.

“There’s disinformation about China providing military assistance to Russia,” Qin said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. China isn’t sending “weapons and ammunitions to any party,” he said. “We will do everything to disescalate the crisis.”

At the same time, he said, “China has normal trade, economic, financial, energy cooperation with Russia.” This is “normal business between two sovereign countries,” he said.

While China has “a lot of common interests” with Russia, that “is not a liability,” Qin said. “China is part of the solution, it’s not part of the problem.” He cited Xi’s phone call with Putin shortly after the Russian invasion in February during which China said its leader urged Putin to negotiate with Ukraine.

Asked whether China would condemn the Russian invasion, Qin said, “Don’t be naive, condemnation doesn’t solve the problem. I would be surprised if Russia will back down by condemnation.” Instead, China will continue to urge peace talks, he said.

The conversation between Xi and Biden was “candid, deep and constructive,” Qin said. Earlier, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield described the call as “extraordinarily frank.”

“And we made our position clear to the Chinese,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “They’re in an uncomfortable position.”