The Secretary of State also noted that preventing a direct military clash with Russia is in the national interests of the United States.
The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his conviction that China will eventually have to make a choice in the current conflict over Ukraine, as it “affects its reputation in the world.”
Speaking at a video conference organized by the University of Michigan, Blinken recalled that even before Russia invaded Ukraine, Moscow and Beijing adopted a joint statement emphasizing that friendship between them “has no borders.”
“I think now, in some way, it is being checked what these borders are, since China is in a difficult situation,” the head of American diplomacy noted.
In this regard, Bliken recalled that China has repeatedly stated that its policy is based on compliance with the UN Charter and on the principles that underlie it.
As Blinken stressed, “these principles are now being challenged” because of Russia’s armed invasion of Ukraine.
“We expect China to stand up for the principles it claims to adhere to. But he doesn’t do that. I think he is in an increasingly uncomfortable position due to the fact that there is a huge gap between what China supposedly stands for and what it really does,” the U.S. Secretary of State said. “I think it affects his reputation in the world, in many parts of the world.”
“The point here is not to side with the United States, but to be on the side that is right, against the one that is wrong. In order to support the fundamental principles of the system of international relations, either chaos or conflict. And, ultimately, China will have to make a choice,” Blinken stressed.
The U.S. Secretary of State also noted that preventing a direct military clash with Russia is among the U.S. national interests.
“The president needs to make sure that he cares about the interests of the American people,” he said. – One of these interests is to ensure that we do not enter into direct conflict with Russia to the extent of our capabilities, so that we avoid actions that could lead to a larger-scale war. We want to put an end to this war and Russian aggression, and not expand it so that it does not benefit anyone.”
“We will continue to do everything possible for Ukraine to make sure that it has the means in its hands to ensure its own security and ultimately to strengthen its position in any possible diplomatic settlement through negotiations,” Blinken said.
The Secretary of State stressed that the United States is trying to do “everything possible to help end this war as quickly as possible.”
“But we are also prepared for the fact that this will continue for some time,” he said. Speaking about arms supplies to Ukraine, the Secretary of State noted that the United States and its partners are striving “to deliver funds to Ukrainians as soon as possible, which they know how to use effectively.”