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Australia asks China to use influence to end Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Australia He asked China to use its good relationship with Russia to put an end to the “illegal” Russian invasion of Ukrainewhich began last February, said the Australian Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, after meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

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“We have asked China, as a member of the P5 (permanent member of the United Nations Security Council) with a special responsibility, to uphold the UN Charter and use its influence to end the war,” Wong said.

The comments of Wong – who described the Russian president’s threat as “unthinkable and irresponsible”, Vladimir Putinof using nuclear weapons they took place after a “constructive” dialogue in New York with his Chinese counterpart, in a meeting parallel to the United Nations General Assembly.

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Wong also reiterated his calls for “containment and de-escalation” around Taiwan, following comments by US President Joe Biden, who opened the possibility of sending US military forces to defend this island in the event of an invasion. China, while Beijing asked the US president for “prudence” in the matter.

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In this sense, the Australian minister insisted that since 1972 her country has maintained a unified position of recognizing only one China, although she stressed that his country’s policy also “includes the economic commitment and the people-to-people commitment with Taiwan”.

At the level of bilateral relations, Wong indicated that he discussed with Wang the trade barriers imposed by Beijing on various Australian products, the arrest and prosecution of Chinese-Australian citizens, including those of the journalist Cheng Lei and the pro-Australian activist. democrat and academic, Yang Hengjun, among others.

“It is a long road in which both sides will have to take many steps towards a more stable relationship,” said Wong, who met for the first time last July in a side meeting of the G20 with Wang, at the first meeting of ministers of Foreign that occurred between both nations since 2019.

Diplomatic ties between Australia and China began to freeze following several disagreements, including the exclusion in 2018 for security reasons of Chinese companies huawei and ZTE to participate in Australia’s 5G network.

Since then, relations have deteriorated due to issues such as the militarization of the Asian giant or the approval in Australia of laws against foreign interference and the espionageafter learning of Chinese donations to politicians and cyberattacks on state agencies and universities, attributed to China.

Beijing responded by imposing import tariffs on a number of Australian products, especially following Australia’s request for an independent investigation into the origin of COVID-19.

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Source: Gestion

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