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China calls Russia its chief strategic partner

BEIJING (AP) – China’s Foreign Minister yesterday called Russia Beijing’s “most important strategic partner” amid its continued refusal to condemn the invasion of Ukraine.

Wang Yi said ties with Moscow constituted “one of the most crucial bilateral relationships in the world”.

China has broken with the United States (US), Europe and others that have imposed sanctions on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. Beijing has said sanctions create new issues and threaten a political settlement of the conflict. “No matter how perilous the international landscape, we will maintain our strategic focus and promote the development of a comprehensive China-Russia partnership in the new era,” Wang told reporters at a news conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of China’s ceremonial Parliament.

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin


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