November 29, 2022

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Ukrainian War | Common EU / US lead against any Chinese support for Russia

(Brussels) The United States and the European Union reiterated on Friday that any support given to Moscow for avoiding Beijing’s Western sanctions would damage their relations with China.

Released at 11:08 p.m.

During a meeting in Brussels, Wendy Sherman, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, who is second only to US diplomacy, and Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European Diplomatic Service, stressed that “we will continue to urge China not to violate or undermine sanctions.” Against Russia. ”

“Such support will have implications for their relationship with China,” they reaffirmed. They expressed concern about the Ukraine war, including “the spread of misinformation from Moscow and the repeated manipulation of China’s information.”

Referring to Lithuania, which has been the victim of Chinese trade retaliation since the establishment of the Taiwanese delegation, the two ambassadors expressed their “opposition” to any “economic coercion” by Beijing.

The joint statement came in early April, during a summit with European leaders, when Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the EU to “form its own views on China and pursue its own policy on Beijing independently.”

In the eyes of Chinese officials, the Europeans have allowed Washington’s initiative to drag Russian gas consumers into a conflict, contrary to their interests.

Beijing refused to condemn the Ukrainian invasion and defended its “rock-solid” alliance with Moscow, while the EU warned China at the summit. Relations with Europe, its main trading partner.

Washington goes further by raising the possibility of sanctions. To Beijing “We were very outspoken in explaining what we were doing” [contre la Russie] Wendy Sherman told a think tank in Brussels on Thursday that if China decides to provide material assistance to Moscow over sanctions, it will give us an idea of ​​the menu we can choose from.

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“I believe [la Chine] We can learn a lesson from the fact that the United States is inseparable from its allies and that Europe is not going to separate itself from the United States, “he said.