Taiwan on Tuesday expressed skepticism about China’s push to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine, declaring to the world that “we are not stupid.”
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu made the remark while Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently on the second day of a three-day trip to Russia, while the prime minister of Japan — another regional neighbor also involved in territorial disputes with Beijing — is in Ukraine. Surprising meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“The People’s Republic of China threatens to launch a war against Taiwan and others, but wants to propose a peace plan to Russia, which initiated the war against Ukraine. We are not stupid,” Wu wrote on Twitter.
“Do you want peace? Both autocrats must immediately stop their threats, aggression and expansionism,” he added, criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Russian media reported that Putin hosted his Chinese counterpart Xi at the Moscow Kremlin on Monday for 4 and a half hours of one-on-one talks.
Putin and Xi exchanged greetings by calling each other “dear friend,” while Putin praised China’s recently released 12-point peace plan for the war in Ukraine, which was summarily rejected by US officials.
The meeting in Moscow also came just days after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin over allegations of deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia during the 13-month-old invasion.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized Xi’s visit as China provided “diplomatic cover” for Russia’s “atrocities” in Ukraine.
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“Russia’s alleged annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory, including vast areas it does not even control, and its continued brutal attacks on civilians make it clear that President Putin currently has no interest in such a peace,” Blinken said on Monday.
“President Xi’s travel to Russia days after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for President Putin indicates that China feels no responsibility in holding the Kremlin accountable for the atrocities committed in Ukraine,” he added. Rather than convict them, he would rather provide diplomatic cover for Russia to continue committing those same crimes.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said he wanted to stress on Monday that “President Xi’s visit is a journey of friendship, a journey of cooperation and a journey of peace.
“China will stick to an objective and fair stance on the Ukraine crisis and play a constructive role in promoting peace talks,” he said.
Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to meet Zelensky in Kiev on Tuesday.
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“He will show respect for the courage and patience of the Ukrainian people who stand to defend their homeland under President Zelensky’s leadership and show solidarity and unwavering support for Ukraine as President of Japan and Chairman of the Group of Seven,” the Associated Press quoted the Associated Press as saying. Japanese Foreign Ministry as saying.
Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.
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