Xi: Extension of sanctions endangers world order
One months after the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis, China and a growing number of like-minded countries, especially developing countries, have voiced their objection to the unilateral sanctions imposed by Western countries led by the United States.
The reasons are clear: such sanctions will only prolong the crisis, violate international rules and order, deteriorate people’s livelihoods and worsen the humanitarian tragedy, officials and analysts said.
One of the clear messages against these sanctions comes from President Xi Jinping. He told US President Joe Biden on March 18 that sweeping, indiscriminate sanctions would only hurt the people.
If intensified further, the sanctions could trigger serious crises in the global economy and trade, finance, energy, food, industrial and supply chains, crippling the already languishing global economy and causing irrevocable losses, Xi said. ‘China has always opposed unilateral sanctions which have no basis in international law or mandate from the (UN) Security Council’, and ‘imposing sanctions is like ‘putting out the fire with firewood’ “and will only make things worse,” the vice president said. Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said at a forum on Saturday.
Zhu Jiejin, Professor of Global Governance Studies at Fudan University’s School of International Relations and Public Affairs, said: “The recently imposed sanctions undermine the existing international financial order while dealing severe blows to the already fragile recovery of the global economy amid COVID. -19 pandemic.
The move to partially ban Russia’s SWIFT, the global messaging system for financial transactions, “effectively turns globalization into a ‘weapon’ and undermines the world’s confidence in the future of globalization”, Zhu said. .
“Furthermore, maximizing sanctions to the extreme will only lead to more extreme consequences,” he said.
A joint statement released by the foreign ministries of China and Algeria on Sunday responded to the Ukraine crisis and said both countries oppose the indiscriminate application of unilateral sanctions without the backing of international law.
The two countries urged to avoid sabotaging international rules and harming the livelihoods of people in various countries.
None of the other BRICS members? Brazil, India, China and South Africa have joined in sanctions against another member, Russia. G20 members such as Mexico have also refused to do so.
Walter Russell Mead, a senior member of the US think tank Hudson Institute, said the grassroots approach to China? disagree with Moscow’s actions and resist Western efforts to punish Russia? has garnered global support.
In an article published Monday in the Wall Street Journal, Mead said: “The West has never been more closely aligned” and “It has also rarely been more alone.”
The latest installment of punitive pushes from the West is that the European Union is considering its fifth sanctions package against Russia.
According to Ding Yifan, a researcher at the Development Research Center of the State Council’s Institute for Global Development, the ongoing campaign for more sanctions is unlikely to achieve the goals of Western countries, but could worsen the situation. global inflation.
The Ukrainian crisis is developing in a way that goes beyond itself with fallout affecting the whole world, and “the momentum of global economic recovery must not be disrupted”, the door-keeper said on Monday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.
Wang referred to the widely held view that war and sanctions are not the only options when it comes to resolving burning regional and international issues, and dialogue and negotiation are the fundamental solution. “The people should in no way be forced to bear the brunt of geopolitical conflicts and rivalry between major countries,” he said.
“Unlike the sanctions imposed in recent years, this time more countries, international companies, civic groups and even international organizations have joined the ranks of those imposing sanctions. By taking sides, they are trying to avoid being punished as well,” said Li Wei, a professor at the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China.
As China also falls prey to sanctions against Russia in areas such as regular bilateral trade, Washington has threatened potential “consequences” on China’s future role in the sanctions, experts noted.
Asked on Wednesday about China’s role in the sanctions against Russia, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned that the G7 sanctions enforcement initiative “will apply to all major economies and decisions that each of these economies will make to intentionally and actively try to undermine or weaken the sanctions”.
China’s Ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, said earlier this month that “threats against Chinese entities and companies, as made by some US officials, are unacceptable.”
“Neither war nor sanctions can bring peace. Wielding the stick of sanctions against Chinese companies while seeking China’s support and cooperation simply won’t work,” Qin wrote in a signed opinion piece in The Washington Post on March 15.
Wang Peng, a researcher at the Institute of State Governance at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, said: “The United States prefers to abuse sanctions when dealing with other countries, but China does not won’t buy it.
Washington has generally not eased restrictions on China since 2018, and its China containment policy has seen no major changes except to delve deeper into topics such as Asia-Pacific security and the Taiwan issue. , Wang noted.
“It will not be a problem if Washington sits down at the table with China to discuss a subject based on mutual respect and on an equal footing. And China will not be intimidated by any threats or threats that expose US hypocrisy and lack of trust,” Wang said.
In recent years, China has also been one of the main victims of Washington’s unilateral sanctions, and Chinese companies, especially in the high-tech industry, have suffered significant losses.
“The facts show that imposing such sanctions will harm both sides, and the United States has not gained any major benefit,” said Tao Wenzhao, a researcher at the Chinese Academy’s Institute of American Studies. of social sciences. — China Daily.