China denies NYT claims on Russia relations – Reuters
According to the US newspaper, the representative of Beijing tried to distance his country from Moscow by downplaying the importance of the partnership.
The New York Times interview with Beijing’s ambassador to the European Union did not accurately reflect China’s position on relations with Moscow, the diplomatic office said.
In an op-ed published Wednesday, the NYT said Fu Kong has tried to distance China from Russia and downplayed ties between the two powers.
The reporter asked about the landmark joint statement signed by Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin last year, which emphasized friendship between nations. “There is no limit.” The ambassador, according to the newspaper, replied that there would be no friendship “infinite” and was a description “nothing but rhetoric.”
China’s mission to the EU told Russia’s TASS news agency that the interview with the NYT lasted an hour and that the highlights published by the newspaper did not accurately convey Fu’s remarks.
“The ambassador said that some people are deliberately misrepresenting China’s position (regarding the crisis in Ukraine). What China has done and not done since the start of the conflict is well known in Europe and around the world. the agency reports on Thursday, referring to the mission.
The diplomatic office explained that there is no point in discussing the meaning of a “No limit” friendship and this term does not mean that China will provide military assistance to Russia.
Western officials threatened China and warned it not to send arms to Russia “consequences” should he make such a move. Beijing has insisted that it has no such plans and accused Washington “spreading false information” And “Flame Fanning” about the Ukrainian conflict.
Commenting on the NYT article, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian government said so “based on the essence of bilateral relations” Putin and Xi met during the Chinese leader’s visit to Moscow last month.
During this three-day visit, Russian and Chinese officials signed more than a dozen bilateral agreements. Interviews and documents “was very important and fully reflected the range of issues on our common agenda,” Peskov said.
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