WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday (Feb 23) accused China and Russia of working together to create a new “profoundly illiberal” world order of which Moscow’s actions towards Ukraine were just a part.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said every responsible country in the world, including China, had an obligation to urge Russian President Vladimir Putin to back down and de-escalate the Ukraine crisis.
“You will have to ask the PRC whether they have used their own considerable influence with the Russian Federation to that end,” Price said at a regular news briefing in reference to the People’s Republic of China.
Referring to an upgraded “no limits” partnership that China and Russia announced this month in which they pledged to collaborate more against the United States and the West, Price said the direction of the development of China-Russia relations was of “great concern”.
“We think that Russia and the PRC also want a world order,” he said.
“But this is an order that is and would be profoundly illiberal, an order that stands in contrast to the system that countries around the world … have built in the last seven decades.
“It is an order that is in many ways destructive, rather than additive.”
Price noted that China had repeatedly in its statecraft stressed that the principle of sovereignty was inviolable and sacrosanct.
“So, you’ll have to ask the PRC, how they marry that long-standing position with anything less than an effort to use the considerable influence and sway they have with the Russian Federation to urge Vladimir Putin to back down and to de-escalate,” he said.