Xi Jinping offers economic support to Russia after Zelensky warns the world to defend Taiwan

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping on Wednesday called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to offer financial support and support for Russia’s “respective core interests”, Chinese state media revealed, just days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned the world to defend Taiwan now before China decides to invade it.

Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, colonizing its Crimean peninsula that year and fueling an eight-year-old war between Kyiv and the Russian-backed “states” in the eastern Donbass region. In February, Putin expanded the war by bombarding Kyiv, its suburbs, the southern port city of Mariupol and other key areas, launching a full-scale assault. As a result, much of the Western world called for a boycott of Russian products and divestment from the country.

China has refrained from any major role in the latest chapter of the war against Ukraine, vaguely calling for a diplomatic resolution and rejecting any comparison between Russian colonization of Ukraine and a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

Taiwan is a sovereign and democratic island state off the coast of China. The Chinese Communist Party insists that Taiwan is a province of China seized by rogue separatists – despite the Taiwanese government having no historical ties to Beijing – and forces its allies to swear never to formally accept Taiwan’s sovereignty , a policy the Party calls a “one China.” principle.”

China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday that Xi told Putin he was pleased with the “steady progress” in China-Russia economic relations.

“The Chinese side is ready to work with the Russian side to promote the steady and long-term development of bilateral practical cooperation, Xi said,” according to Xinhua. “China is willing to work with Russia to continue to support each other on their respective core interests regarding sovereignty and security, as well as their main concerns.”

Xinhua did not elaborate on a conversation involving Ukraine, but said Xi looked forward to working with Putin on “developing international order and global governance in a more just and reasonable direction.”

Russian state news outlets largely coincided with the Chinese version of events during the Putin-Xi phone call. While Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly told reporters that Moscow would have more details later, only confirming that the call had taken place, state propaganda outlet Sputnik reported Xi’s alleged comments. on the invasion of Ukraine in particular.

A column of pro-Russian rebel tanks prepares to leave the frontline near Oleksandrivka in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The delay of controversial rebel plans to to hold local elections this month and for both parties to begin a promised withdrawal of smaller arms.

A column of pro-Russian rebel tanks prepare to leave the front line near Oleksandrivka in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. (Uncredited photo/AP).

“The two presidents also addressed the issue of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with Xi Jinping telling Putin that all parties involved should work to end it,” Sputnik said. “The Chinese leader, in turn, pledged that Beijing will continue to play its constructive role in this process.”

Xi called Putin less than a week after the Washington Post posted comments by Zelensky not to leave Taiwan “at the mercy of another country” – the way he suggested the world has abandoned Ukraine.

“No one takes advantage of [war], apart from some politicians who are not satisfied with the current level of their ambitions. Therefore, they keep developing their appetites, their ambitions,” Zelensky reportedly answered a direct question about Taiwan. “The world is allowing these leaders to build their appetites for now, so we need a diplomatic resolve to support countries that need help.”

Referring generally to small states, Zelensky said, “we must not leave them at the mercy of another country which is more powerful…if there is a diplomatic way out, we must use the diplomatic way. But it must be a preventive means, not the one that comes after the start of the war.

The Chinese government, through its world times propaganda newspaper, condemned Washington Post for publishing the remarks, calling the newspaper “pathetic” and its report “false”. The Time pointed out that Zelensky never used Xi Jinping’s name or said “China,” even though the question he was answering was exclusively about Taiwan’s relationship with China.

“Zelensky understands that the issue is about China’s core interests,” the official said. world times asserted, while berating the Ukrainian president for his “lack of full knowledge of the Taiwan question”.

Taiwan scrambled its own warplanes on Sunday as China launched its biggest incursion into the self-governing island's air defense zone since October

Taiwan deployed its own fighter jets on Sunday as China launched its biggest incursion into the self-governing island’s air defense zone since October.

Zelensky tried to maintain friendly relations with communist China as Ukraine signed on to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s global infrastructure debt trap plan, before becoming president. Last month, Zelensky defended China for failing to take a strong stance on the Russian invasion, even as China strengthened its economic ties with Russia.

“China has chosen the policy of staying away. For the moment, Ukraine is satisfied with this policy. It’s better than helping the Russian Federation anyway,” Zelensky told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We’re happy with that status quo, to be honest.”

Before the war, however, Zelensky antagonized China by blocking Chinese companies from attempting to buy Motor Sich, an aircraft company that manufactures, among other key military items, jet engines. Zelensky imposed unilateral sanctions on China last year and nationalized Motor Sich to prevent the Communist Party from taking over the company.

While refraining from playing a major role in the invasion of Ukraine, Chinese officials have pressured the world not to compare a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. – pointing out, with Zelensky’s approval, that Ukraine is a sovereign country in the eyes of China, while Taiwan is a rogue province held hostage by “separatists”.

“Taiwan is definitely not Ukraine,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in February the day after Russia’s assault on Kyiv. “Taiwan has always been an inalienable part of Chinese territory. This is an indisputable historical and legal fact.

Hua provided no evidence to support this claim, as Taiwan has never been ruled by a regime headquartered in Beijing and the latter has no power over the current Taiwanese government.

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