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China and the United States have a responsibility to help bring about world peace, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his US counterpart Joe Biden during a meeting on the war in Ukraine.
“The crisis in Ukraine is not something we wanted to see,” Xi was quoted as saying by Chinese television.
“As permanent members of the UN Security Council and the two leading economies in the world, it is up to us not only to steer China-US relations in the right direction, but also to shoulder our international responsibilities and work for peace and reconciliation. peace in the world “.
During this communication, the American president was going to ask Xi to keep his distance from the Russian president Vladimir Putin, whose army invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Since then, Beijing has avoided condemning the Russian invasion and blamed NATO for the war.
According to a short report broadcast by the state broadcaster CCTV, the Chinese president considered that “relations between the states can not reach the point of armed confrontation.”
“Conflict and war are not in anyone’s interest. Peace and security are the goods that the international community must have more in mind,” he told his American counterpart.