Russian aggression threatens to split between the countries again, Jacob Lew said.

China needs to make a choice and take a certain side in the situation around Ukraine. This opinion was expressed on Monday by the chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who took part online in an event dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Shanghai Communique.

“50 years ago, the USSR was a common threat that brought us (the USA and China) closer together. Today, Russian aggression threatens to split us again. This is the moment when the countries of the world unite to condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine. China must decide which side to stand on and understand that bilateral relations with the United States will only become stronger if a clear choice is made in favor of compliance with international law,” he said.

Speaking about bilateral relations, Lew noted that the United States and China, despite their differences, continue to adhere to many common values. Therefore, he pointed out, Beijing and Washington should work together to overcome such common challenges as climate change on the planet, the state of health in the world and global instability. According to Lew, the parties need a constant communication channel to avoid catastrophic consequences of misunderstanding.

The Shanghai communique, published following the visit of American President Richard Nixon to China on February 28, 1972, laid the foundation for the normalization of relations between China and the United States, determined the further vector and the basic principles of their interaction. The communique was signed in Shanghai. An event dedicated to this historic event took place there on Monday. Shanghai Party Committee Secretary Li Qiang took part in the opening ceremony; Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a video message.