Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that it could take decades to repair the economic damage caused by the Ukraine crisis

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the European Union not to “link the whole world” to the People’s Republic of China Crisis in Ukraine He warned that it could take decades to repair the economic damage.

In a virtual summit with EU leaders on FridayXi told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel that the crisis must be “properly handled”.

“Many people are very concerned that the current situation may wipe out the achievements of decades of international economic cooperation. If the situation continues to deteriorate, it is estimated that it may take years or even decades to recover after that,” Xi said. A statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

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The European Union later said it had urged Beijing not to “interfere” with sanctions against Russia, and while the two sides agreed to work to end the conflict, they expressed “opposing views” on the situation.

Xi warned of a chaotic response that would “Connecting the whole world to the crisis [and means] People in all countries will pay a heavy price.”

“The more serious the situation, the greater the need for more sobriety and calm,” the Chinese president said.

“The current global economic architecture is a framework shaped by the long-term efforts of all countries of the world. All parties should cherish this achievement and not easily affect the current global economic order.

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“There must be no politicization, use or weaponization of the global economy causing serious crises in the areas of global finance, trade, energy, science and technology, food, industrial and supply chains.”

Xi held talks with the heads of the European Commission and the European Council. Photo: Xinhua alt = Xi held talks with European Commission and Council presidents. Photo: Xinhua >

After the talks, von der Leyen said: “We exchanged clearly opposing views. This is not a conflict. This is a war. This is not a European affair. This is a global affair.”

She added, “We have made it clear that China should, if not support, at least not interfere with our sanctions [on Russia] and that equal distance is not enough; That active participation for peace is important and that every player must play their part.”

Xi said China supports the European Union’s efforts to resolve the crisis politically, and that Beijing will work with Europe to prevent a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Xi also supported a leading role for the European Union in talks with other parties, including the United States and NATO.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put further pressure on China’s relations with the European Union, already damaged by mutual sanctions over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang that led to the suspension of a major investment deal.

China did not condemn Russia’s actions There have also been reports that Moscow has asked China for military and financial assistance and to help circumvent sanctions.

China has criticized the sanctions and warned that the crisis is already affecting other countries.

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Comment posted by .’s social media account People’s Daily newspaperA Communist Party spokesman warned of the impact on natural gas supplies. She said that half of the European Union’s gas imports come from Russia and that switching to supplies from the United States would increase costs and increase delivery times.

The EU-China summit was divided into two parts, the first of which was a two-hour discussion between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, von der Leyen and Michel and EU foreign policy coordinator Josep Borrell.

Li said China and Europe should jointly protect energy and food supplies and the stability of industry and supply chains.

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