Qin additionally criticized Washington’s determination early final month to shoot down a suspected Chinese language spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina, repeating Beijing’s insistence that it appeared over U.S. territory by chance.
“The U.S. aspect violated the spirit of worldwide legislation and worldwide apply by making presumptions of guilt, overreacting, abusing drive, and making use of the problem to create a diplomatic disaster that might have been prevented,” he mentioned.
On Taiwan, the self-ruling island that Beijing claims as its territory, Qin mentioned it was the primary purple line in China’s relations with the U.S., which is Taiwan’s most vital worldwide backer.
“The U.S. bears unshirkable duty for the creation of the Taiwan problem,” he mentioned.
Qin mentioned the U.S. had disrespected China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by offering defensive weapons to the island, which Beijing has mentioned it might take by drive if needed, even because the U.S. warns China to not provide arms to Russia for its struggle towards Ukraine.
China and Russia declared a “no limits” partnership weeks earlier than Russia invaded Ukraine a yr in the past, and China has tried to look impartial within the battle, refraining from condemning Russian aggression and even calling it an invasion. Qin mentioned Tuesday that China-Russia relations “should transfer steadily ahead” because the world turns into extra turbulent.
However Beijing strongly denies U.S. allegations that it’s contemplating offering Moscow with ammunition and artillery to help its battle towards Kyiv.
“China is neither the creator of the disaster nor a celebration to it, nor has it offered weapons to any occasion to the battle, so why ought to China be blamed, sanctioned, pressured and even threatened?” Qin mentioned.
He repeated earlier requires a negotiated resolution to the Ukraine battle, although a 12-point peace proposal that Beijing issued final month was shortly dismissed by Western officers as too favorable to Russia.
“It’s regrettable that efforts to steer and promote talks have been undermined,” Qin mentioned, “as if an invisible hand is pushing the battle to escalate, profiting from the Ukrainian disaster to realize sure geopolitical intentions.”
Eric Baculinao reported from Beijing, and Jennifer Jett from Hong Kong.