The United States and the European Union have criticized China for promoting false information relating to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
According to South China Morning Post, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said, “[Chinese] state media has parroted the Kremlin’s lies, and conspiracy theories, including absurd claims that Ukraine and Nato and the EU pose a security threat to Russia.”
She reminded that Beijing had promoted unfounded news such as the U.S. ‘s bioweaponry development in Ukraine. The Asian country also “repeatedly drew false equivalencies between Russia’s war of aggression and Ukraine’s self-defensive actions.”
Her statements came three days after meeting with European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino and other senior EU officials in Brussels on April 21 and 22. The talks involved discussion over China, Nato, and the Indo-Pacific.
According to a joint release, China’s disinformation campaign in regard to Russia and the war in Ukraine is among the topics discussed at the meeting.
As the joint statement reads, “They underscored they will continue to urge China not to circumvent or undermine sanctions against Russia, and not to provide any form of support for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and reaffirmed that such support would have consequences for our respective relationships with China.
They also expressed concern about China’s repeated information manipulation, including amplification of Russia’s disinformation regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
About China’s actions in the Ukraine conflict, Deputy Secretary of State Sherman said on April 21 that “Let’s be clear, China’s already doing things that do not help this situation.”
Under Western pressure, Beijing has repeated “peace” support in Ukraine. On the other hand, as CNN reported on April 19, it pledged “strategic cooperation” with Russia regardless of the international landscape.
According to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said, “No matter how the international situation changes, China will, as always, strengthen strategic coordination with Russia to achieve win-win cooperation, jointly safeguard the common interests of both sides, and promote the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.”
Also this week, China has dispatched a team of diplomats to Central and Eastern European countries.
Chinese state media reported that the main purpose of this visit is to clarify any misunderstanding over the Russia-Ukraine war.