China rebuffs ‘criticism or pressure’ over ties with Russia

SpaceWar.com reports: “China vowed Wednesday it would not accept ‘criticism or pressure’ over its ties with Russia, after Washington warned that it will hold Beijing responsible if Moscow makes gains in Ukraine.

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said Tuesday that Washington would ‘not sit by and say everything is fine’ after Beijing renewed pledges of cooperation with Moscow during a visit by Russia’s top diplomat.

In response, foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning insisted that ‘China and Russia have the right to engage in normal economic and trade cooperation’.

‘This kind of cooperation should not be interfered with or limited, and China also does not accept criticism or pressure,’ she added on Wednesday.

The two countries have in recent years ramped up contacts, and their strategic partnership has only grown closer since Moscow’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

Analysts say China holds the upper hand in the relationship with Russia, with its sway growing as Moscow’s international isolation deepens as its war drags on…”

View Original Article