Annalena Baerbock calls on China to make a clear commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty. According to the Foreign Minister, this could play an important role in ending the war.
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) has called on the Chinese government to make a clear commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders. In all peace efforts, it must be clear “that the United Nations charter, which refers to sovereignty and territorial integrity, applies,” said Baerbock in Berlin at a joint press conference with her Chinese counterpart Qin Gang. “In concrete terms, this means that Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine.”
The Foreign Minister announced that the Russian war of aggression would be discussed later in the meeting. “China, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, can play a significant role in ending the war if it decides to do so,” she said.
The meeting serves to prepare for the German-Chinese government consultations planned for June, to which the new Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang has been invited to Berlin. The political exchange between Beijing and Berlin recently increased noticeably after the end of the pandemic. In mid-April, Baerbock was already on her first visit to China. Again, clear differences became apparent. Baerbock sees the People’s Republic as a system rival on the one hand, but also as a partner and competitor on the other.
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