Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated he pressed his counterpart, Chinese language international minister Wang Yi, to oppose Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine once they met on the G-20 summit in Bali on Friday.
Blinken instructed reporters after assembly with Wang for 5 hours that remaining impartial within the battle, as China has declared itself, is a tough place to have as a result of there’s a “clear” aggressor and sufferer.
“There’s a clear problem not solely to the lives and livelihoods of individuals in Ukraine, however there’s a problem to the worldwide order that China and the USA as everlasting members of the Safety Council are purported to uphold,” he stated.
However Blinken additionally forged doubt on the declare that the Chinese language authorities remained impartial on the battle, arguing that it’s amplifying Russian propaganda and has continued to help Russia within the United Nations.
“However even in the event you settle for that as a premise, I do not suppose that China is, in actual fact, participating in a approach that means neutrality,” he stated.
China was certainly one of 24 international locations to vote towards a United Nations decision in April that suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council following the beginning of the invasion.
Blinken stated Chinese language President Xi Jinping instructed President Biden in a cellphone name final month that he stands by a partnership he made with Russian President Vladimir Putin in February. The 2 leaders affirmed a cordial relationship between their international locations in asserting the settlement.
Blinken stated he urged Wang that every one international locations want to face up towards Russia’s invasion, to demand that Russia enable different international locations entry to meals provides from Ukraine and finish the warfare.
He wouldn’t share how Wang responded.
Blinken additionally stated they mentioned the standing of the connection between China and the USA, North Korea’s nuclear program and potential areas for elevated cooperation, together with on the local weather, international well being and meals safety.
He stated he talked about the nation’s issues round Chinese language exercise in direction of Taiwan, which has elevated since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and points in Hong Kong. He additionally voiced issues in regards to the therapy of the Uyghurs, a largely Muslim minority, within the Xinjiang province.
“Now, none of those are simple matters, however the USA at all times seeks to be a constant voice on human rights and basic freedoms, to not stand towards China or some other nation however to assist advance peace, safety, and human dignity,” Blinken stated.