China opposes restriction of enterprises from normal trade: FM responds to US threat over Russia
Published: Apr 21, 2022 06:51 PM
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin Photo:

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin Photo:


China has always been opposed to unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction that have no basis in international law, and opposes improper prohibition or restriction of Chinese enterprises from engaging in normal economic and trade activities, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, commenting on the US government which said it doesn't want China to provide military support to Russia.

Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the ministry, said that sanctions are not the right path to mitigate tensions, end the war, or avoid more deaths, but will incite conflict, intensify the spillovers of conflicts, and impose more costs on the world.

People from other countries have no reason to pay for regional conflicts, Wang said, pointing out that on one hand, the US is persuading Europe to embargo Russian oil and gas, and on the other, the US itself is purchasing Russian oil.

American financial institutions even snapped up bonds of Russian companies while Europe bore the brunt of regional unrest and rising energy prices. The US is also expanding sanctions against Russia while it makes deals with those it has previously sanctioned, which means the bankruptcy of sanctions.

Wang said the international community should pay attention to any negative actions that could undermine efforts of Russia-Ukraine negotiations, the spillovers of the Ukraine crisis and negative influence of unilateral sanctions, and the resurgence of the Cold War mentality and rising camp-based confrontation. The world should also watch out for negative consequences of small- and medium-sized countries being forced into the geopolitical game of big powers.

China urged the US not to undermine China's legitimate rights and interests in any way when dealing with the Ukraine issue and its relations with Europe. China will also take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and individuals, Wang said.

Global Times