China Says Ties With Russia Are ‘Rock Solid’

China’s foreign minister said on Monday that Beijing’s relationship with Moscow remains “rock solid” despite international condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The friendship between the two peoples is rock solid, and both sides’ future cooperation prospects are very vast,” said foreign minister Wang Yi in an annual press conference.

Wang described China’s relationship with Russia as “the world’s most crucial bilateral relationship”, which “is conducive to world peace, stability and development”.

Wang noted, however, that China is willing to “work with the international community” to mediate between Russia and Ukraine, when necessary.

Beijing has repeatedly said that it would play a “constructive role in calling for negotiations” after calls from Western countries for them to play a more active role in mediating the conflict. China has not yet hosted any form of peace talks so far.

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