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China Refuses to Condemn Russian Attack, Deflects Blame to U.S.

  • Foreign Ministry urges restraint from ‘all parties’ in Ukraine
  • Sidesteps questions on whether Moscow’s move is an invasion
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China Calls for Global Restraint After Ukraine Invasion
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China refused to condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine, instead urging restraint by “all parties” and repeating criticism that the U.S. was to blame for “hyping” the prospect of war in Eastern Europe in recent days. 

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeatedly sidestepped questions during a tense news briefing Thursday about whether Beijing considered Moscow’s military incursion into Ukrainian territory an invasion. Hua said that China “didn’t wish to see what happened in Ukraine,” adding that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be protected.