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“The Ukrainian crisis is a wake-up call”: Xi Jinping warns against “widening military alliances”

With Russia, which has invaded Ukraine, and India, with which China has had a border clash, President Xi Jinping has warned against “expanding military” alliances. Jinping was speaking at the BRICS Business Forum on Wednesday June 22 ahead of the virtual BRICS summit with top leaders from Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa.

His comments came as other countries like Sweden and Finland seek to join NATO, and India, the United States, Japan and Australia expand their cooperation under Quad, which Chinese circles derisively call Asian NATO.

According to Chinese state media, Xi told the BRICS Business Forum that “the Ukrainian crisis is … a wake-up call” and warned against “expanding military alliances and seeking one’s own security at the expense of security of other countries”.

The Chinese president is expected to host the 14th BRICS summit in Beijing on June 23. Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the country’s foreign ministry, said the summit would be held in a virtual format. Chunying further noted that the theme of the event is fostering high-quality partnership for better global development.

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The summit will also allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to return to the world stage amid the war in Ukraine, for which Moscow has come under fire from the West. After announcing the invasion of Ukraine in February this year, this will be the first time that Putin will participate in a forum with the heads of major economies. Russia describes the invasion as “special military operations”.

The BRICS group together the emerging economies of China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa, which represent more than 40% of the world’s population and almost a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product.

Regarding the Russian-Ukrainian war and the BRICS, three countries (China, India and South Africa) abstained from voting on a UN resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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In a call last week, Xi assured Putin that China would support Moscow’s core “sovereignty and security” interests.

Xi also criticized United States and European Union sanctions against Russia in his speech on Wednesday, saying “sanctions are a boomerang and a double-edged sword.”

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