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Remarks by Ambassador Zhang Jun at the Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Ukraine

2022-02-28 12:51

Mr. President, 

The situation in Ukraine is changing sharply. China is paying close attention to the developments. The situation has evolved to a point which China does not wish to see. It is not in the interest of any party. 

The immediate priority is for all parties concerned to exercise necessary restraint, prevent further worsening of the situation, while stepping up diplomatic efforts aiming for a political solution. China welcomes the start of direct dialogues and negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine should serve as a bridge of communication between the East and the West, rather than an outpost for confrontation between major powers. We call for efforts to create an enabling atmosphere and conditions for direct negotiations between the parties concerned, as this is the fundamental way to resolve the issue. 

All actions taken by the UN and the relevant parties of the international community should prioritize regional peace and stability and the universal security for all, and should help de-escalate tensions and facilitate a diplomatic settlement. China does not approve of any approach that may exacerbate tensions. 

China supports relevant UN agencies’ continued work on humanitarian aid in Ukraine. We believe that the safety of civilian life and property and their humanitarian needs should be effectively guaranteed. 

Mr. President, 

As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China always earnestly fulfills its responsibility of maintaining international peace and security. It is our consistent and unequivocal position that all countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected, and that the purposes and principles of the UN Charter should be upheld. China will continue to play a constructive role in the pursuit and realization of peace. 

Mr. President, 

The Cold War has long ended. The Cold War mentality based on bloc confrontation should be abandoned. Nothing can be gained from stirring up a new Cold War, but everyone will stand to lose. One country’s security should not come at the expense of other countries’ security. And regional security should not rely on reinforcing or even expanding military blocs. China supports the EU, NATO and Russia in resuming dialogues, bearing in mind the concept of indivisible security, properly addressing the legitimate security concerns of all parties, including Russia, and striving to put in place a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism, so as to achieve lasting peace and stability for the European continent. 

Thank you, Mr. President.

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