According to China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang, The Ukraine crisis appears to be caused by an invisible hand urging the conflict to prolong and escalate. The “invisible hand” is using the Ukrainian crisis to serve a specific geopolitical agenda,” Qin said at a news conference during the country’s annual parliamentary session in Beijing.
China’s position on the Ukraine war has come under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks amid its deepening relationship with Moscow and concern in Western capitals that it cannot be an honest broker in any potential peace talks when it has refused to name Russia as the aggressor in the conflict. Russia sent its troops into Ukraine on February 24 last year in what it calls a “special military operation”. The conflict has left Ukrainian cities in ruins, sent millions fleeing abroad and undermined the global economy.
Qin stressed that Beijing had not provided weapons to either side of the Ukraine conflict, amid comments from United States officials on unspecified “consequences” for China should it send lethal aid to Russia. In a wide-ranging and lengthy encounter with reporters, Qin also spoke about the US-China relationship, saying he hoped the two countries could find the “right way to get along”. He stressed that the self-ruled island of Taiwan was central to the conduct of ties between Beijing and Washington, describing it as “the core of the core issues, and the first red line that must not be crossed in US-China relations”.
Beijing claims Taiwan as its own and does not rule out the use of force to occupy the island. Since Tsai Ing-wen, who is said to seek independence was first elected president in 2016, she has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure on the island. The United States is legally obligated to provide Taiwan with means of self-defense.