China called on Wednesday for a “ceasefire through dialogue” and respect for the “territorial integrity” of all countries after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s address on Ukraine in which he announced a partial military mobilization.
“We urge the relevant parties to achieve a ceasefire through dialogue and consultation and find a solution as soon as possible that takes into account the legitimate security concerns of all parties,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular briefing.
“We always maintain that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected, the goals and principles of the UN Charter must be respected, the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be taken seriously, and all efforts that contribute to the peaceful resolution of crises must be supported.”
Putin announced the mobilization earlier on Wednesday and vowed to use “all available means” to defend Russian territory after Moscow-controlled regions of Ukraine held referendums on annexation.
Beijing’s latest statement is not much different from its previous statements on Ukraine, in which it also called for a ceasefire through dialogue.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a regular briefing last week: “We call on the parties concerned to achieve a ceasefire through dialogue and negotiation and find a way to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties as soon as possible.
“We also hope that the international community will create the conditions and space for this.”
China has repeatedly stated that it supports the sovereignty of all countries in relation to Ukraine, but has refused to condemn Russia’s actions.
In March, its permanent representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, said China had “always maintained that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected,” while nodding to the “legitimate security concerns” of all parties.
China and Russia have grown closer in recent years in what they call an “unfettered” relationship that acts as a counter to the global dominance of the United States.
Last week, Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met in Uzbekistan for a regional summit and rallied Asian leaders for a new “international order” that challenges Western influence.
“China urges the relevant parties to properly resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation, and is willing to work with the international community to continue to play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation,” Wang added on Wednesday.