China says Ukraine crisis has raised alarm for humanity

BEIJING — The conflict in Ukraine has “sounded an alarm signal to humanity,” Chinese leader Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, as China continues to maintain a position of neutrality while backing its ally Russia.

China has refused to criticize or even refer to Russia’s war in Ukraine as an invasion out of deference to Moscow, while also condemning US-led sanctions against Russia and accusing the West of provoking Moscow.

“The crisis in Ukraine has once again raised the alarm for humanity. Countries will certainly run into security problems if they blindly trust their strong position, expand military alliances and seek their own security at the expense of others,” the official Xinhua News Agency quoted Xi as saying.

Xi, not proposing any solutions, spoke at the opening of a virtual business forum of the ‘BRICS’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In other remarks, Xi said the imposition of sanctions could act like a “boomerang” and a “double-edged sword,” and that the global community would suffer from the “politicization, mechanisation and weaponization” of global economic trends and financial flows.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro maintained an unusual diplomatic tone in his short taped speech to the forum, glorifying the achievements of his administration without naming another country.

“The current international context is worrying because of the risks to trade and investment flows to the stability of energy supply chains and investments,” he said. “Brazil’s response to these challenges is not to shut itself down. On the contrary, we have tried to deepen our economic integration.”

Xi also said China will seek to reduce the damage to international supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which it faces with a harsh policy of lockdowns and quarantines, despite declining cases and rising economic costs.

China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy and drive to dominate global markets have sparked backlash in the US, Europe and elsewhere, including calls to replace Chinese suppliers and reduce dependence on the Chinese economy.

Xi called on countries to work together on such issues, saying efforts to “build a small courtyard with high walls” were in no one’s interest.

“Economic globalization is an objective requirement for the development of productive forces and an irresistible historical trend,” Xi said.

“Going back in history and trying to block other people’s way will only end up blocking your own way,” he said.

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