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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday that “the world is watching” how his country and other countries are responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The call was called to discuss what the State Department called “Moscow’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unwarranted war against Ukraine.”
“The Secretary noted that the world is watching to see which nations are upholding the fundamental principles of freedom, self-determination, and sovereignty,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
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Blinken “stressed that the world is acting in unison to reject and respond to Russian aggression, ensuring that Moscow will pay a heavy price,” Price continued.
Blinken also spoke with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau on Saturday about countries working together to help their mutual ally, Ukraine. And the secretary visited a refugee center in Poland.
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A senior defense official criticized on Thursday China’s silence on the war in Ukraine by Russian forces after more than a week of deadly missile fire.
Despite China’s repeated assertions that it respects a state’s right to sovereignty, its government has refused to hit Russia with sanctions or condemn the incursion.
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China abstained on Wednesday from voting with 141 other nations, including the United States, to adopt a United Nations General Assembly resolution which condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion and demanded that he withdraw his troops immediately.
Of the 181 nations present in the vote, only five countries – Russia, Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea and Syria – opposed the resolution while 35 nations abstained.