China has issued a full response to the US regarding recent allegations related to the Ukraine war in a new Washington Post op-ed. China’s ambassador to the US blasted as total "disinformation" the White House charge that Beijing is poised to answer positively Moscow's request for military assistance in Ukraine. Jake Sullivan had warned the China delegation in Rome that severe "consequences" would follow any Moscow-Beijing cooperation regarding Ukraine.
Specifically the US has said via multiple "senior official" statements to various media outlets that Russia formally requested more weapons, including drones, to advance Russia's possibly stalled invasion in Ukraine. "Let me say this responsibly: Assertions that China knew about, acquiesced to or tacitly supported this war are purely disinformation," Qin answered in the WaPo op-ed published late afternoon Tuesday.
Assertions China knew about, acquiesced to or tacitly supported this war are purely disinformation, Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang said in an article published in the Washington Post. “These claims serve only the purpose of shifting blame to and slinging mud at China.” pic.twitter.com/DG84j96b3V— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 16, 2022
He said he intends to "dispel any misunderstandings and rumors" which are based on US officials "slinging mud at China," according to the envoy's words.
"On Ukraine, China's position is objective and impartial," the ambassador said. "The purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter must be fully observed; the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, including Ukraine, must be respected; the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be taken seriously; and all efforts that are conducive to the peaceful settlement of the crisis must be supported."
He called Washington's threats "unacceptable" and said it's tantamount to "wielding the baton" over baseless charges, as the piece described.
"Neither war nor sanctions can deliver peace. Wielding the baton of sanctions at Chinese companies while seeking China's support and cooperation simply won't work," he wrote.
"Had China known about the imminent crisis, we would have tried our best to prevent it," Qin claimed, contradicting prior Western media reports alleging that Putin had "tipped off" President Xi, after which Xi reportedly requested that the invasion but put off ill after the Winter Olympics.
Qin in the op-ed addressed ongoing Taiwan comparisons:
"Ukraine is a sovereign state, while Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory. The Taiwan question is a Chinese internal affair. It does not make sense for people to emphasize the principle of sovereignty on Ukraine while hurting China's sovereignty and territorial integrity on Taiwan," Qin said.
"We hope the United States earnestly abides by the one-China principle and does not support "Taiwan independence" separatism in any form. To ensure long-term peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, China and the United States must work together to contain 'Taiwan independence,'" he added.
Meanwhile, China state run media pundits have taken to trolling and mocking the US in relation to the Ukraine crisis...
Just applause? it’s hypocritical. If the US really wants to show justice, it should send troops to Ukraine, or at least set up a no-fly zone, and fight Putin’s troops directly, even that means sacrifice of US soldiers. Don’t just incite Ukrainians to die for American interest https://t.co/urOtDPQ7lt— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) March 16, 2022