“Taiwan is not Ukraine because it has always been an inalienable part of China’s territory. That is an irrefutable historical and legal fact,” Hua Chunying said. “It is unwise of certain people of the Taiwan authorities to latch on to and exploit the Ukraine issue to their benefit.”
“Unlike the U.S. who kept sending weapons to Ukraine, creating fear and panic and even playing up the threat of war, China has been calling on all parties to respect and pay attention to each other’s legitimate security concerns, work together to solve problems through negotiations and consultations, and maintain regional peace and stability,” Hua said. “The unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed by the U.S and some other countries have caused serious difficulties to relevant countries’ economies and livelihoods. The U.S. should never undermine the legitimate rights and interests of China and other parties when dealing with the Ukraine issue and relations with Russia.”
Hua’s comments come as the West unveiled more sanctions against Russia Wednesday over its recognition of two separatist areas in eastern Ukraine. European Union sanctions added all members of Russia’s lower house of parliament who voted to recognize the separatist regions in Ukraine to a blacklist, freezing their assets and banning travel. Meanwhile, Great Britain followed the U.S. in announcing new restrictions banning Russia from the issuing of new bonds in its security markets.
In what could be seen as a bracing for further confrontation, Russia began evacuating its embassy in Kyiv and Ukraine urged its citizens to leave Russia Wednesday. The head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council also called for a nationwide state of emergency.