The ambassador, who arrived in Washington a year ago, said China was not interested in “confrontation”, adding that Russia and China shared a common rejection of the “Cold War mentality”. Qin declined to call Russia’s war on Ukraine an invasion, calling it a “crisis” instead.
The comments come as China continues its tightrope walk over Russia’s attack in Ukraine – refusing to condemn Moscow while maintaining trade with its neighbor – adding another layer to already strained US-China relations. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that his country’s support for Russia was complicating China’s relationship with the United States.
Much like Wang did with Blinken, Qin laid the blame for the troubled relationship on the feet of the United States, portraying China as the good actor amid the tensions.
Qin’s responses were overwhelmingly a retread of familiar clichés from China’s Foreign Ministry, including criticism of the US for a “cold war mentality” and dismissal of US concerns about threats to democracy and human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong as “lies” and “malicious.” attacks. »
Phelim Klein contributed to this report.