Conflict and confrontation are in no one’s interest, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Joe Biden in a video conference early on Friday, according to Chinese state media.
“Relations between states cannot reach the stage of military confrontation. Conflicts and confrontations are in no one’s interest. Peace and security are the most prized treasures of the international community,” Xi said, according to CCTV.
The phone conversation between Biden and Xi began at 9:03 am ET today. The United States fears that China could supply Russia with military equipment to aid in the invasion. China denies having made such a move.
The phone call was the first between the two world leaders on the matter, despite past comments from ministers from both countries.
On Monday, at a seven-hour meeting in Rome, Italy, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi and warned of “implications and potential consequences” for China if support for Russia is forthcoming.
It is not the first time that the Biden administration has issued public and private warnings that Beijing would face “terrible consequences” if it provided material support for Vladimir Putin’s war.
The same tone was echoed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who considered that China has a “responsibility” to use its influence with the Russian president to stop the war in Ukraine.
Source: CNN Brasil