Following reports that the EU has proposed sanctions against Chinese companies over alleged “military aid to Russia,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Thursday that China implores the EU to cherish the general situation of China-EU mutual trust and cooperation, act responsibly, and not set a bad precedent.
Sanctions have been recommended by the European Union on Chinese enterprises who are allegedly exporting equipment that could be used to make weapons to support Russia.
Seven Chinese businesses have been listed in a new package of sanctions to be discussed by EU member states this week.
On the basis of respect for one another, mutual benefit, and win-win outcomes, China and Russia have conducted routine economic and commercial cooperation. The responsible Chinese authorities have clarified China’s position on the Ukraine problem numerous times, emphasizing that China will neither fan the flames or take advantage of the situation for its own personal gain.
“We firmly oppose unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction against China, which have no basis in international law and are not authorized by the UN Security Council, on the grounds of China-Russia cooperation,” Shu said.
When holding a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Tuesday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang also said that China resolutely opposes unilateral sanctions.
China does not sell weapons to parties involved in the Ukraine crisis, and handles the export of dual-use items prudently and in accordance with laws and regulations, Qin said.
China vehemently rejects long-arm jurisdiction and unilateral penalties based on one’s own laws against other nations, and it would take the appropriate steps to vehemently protect the legal rights and interests of Chinese businesses, according to Qin.
Invoking China-Russia cooperation, the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Wenbin, stated on Monday that China vehemently opposes any kind of illegitimate sanctions or long-arm jurisdiction against it.
China maintains a fair and impartial stance on the Ukraine issue, actively supports peace talks, and has contributed positively to the process of finding a political solution to the crisis. The exchange of goods and services between China and Russia is entirely legal. It does not target any third parties and shall not be subject to interference or coercion from any third parties, according to Wang.