China FM calls on Russia, Ukraine not to let war ‘spill over’

China on Saturday at the United Nations urged Russia and Ukraine not to let effects of their war “spill over” and called for a diplomatic resolution.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also sounded a fresh warning on Taiwan amid tensions in the Taiwan Strait, saying Beijing would take “forceful steps” to prevent any outside support for the island’s independence.

“We call on all parties concerned to keep the crisis from spilling over and to protect the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries,” Wang said.

“China supports all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of the crisis Ukraine. The pressing priority is to facilitate talks for peace,” Wang said.

During his visit to the United Nations, Wang met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, in their first talks since Russia invaded its neighbor on February 24.

Before the war, Putin had visited Beijing and the two nations declared a tight alliance.

China’s reaction to Russia is being closely watched for clues on its approach to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its territory.

Addressing the General Assembly, where only Beijing and not Taipei has a seat, Wang took a firm line in insisting on “reunification” with Taiwan.

“Any move to obstruct China’s reunification is bound to be crushed by the wheels of history,” he added.

But Taiwan administers itself and many Taiwanese do not see a connection with China, although the Taipei leadership has stopped short of formally declaring independence.

Originally published as China FM calls on Russia, Ukraine not to let war ‘spill over’

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