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Newsline: Chinese Diplomat Blames West for Ukraine Crisis

One of China’s top diplomats said the root cause of the crisis in Ukraine lies in the Cold War mentality of the West. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Saturday the crisis could have been avoided if the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had stuck to what he said was a promise not to expand eastward. He said NATO should have been dissolved after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Instead, Moscow had been cornered. With another move, NATO “would almost reach Moscow’s suburbs,” he said. “The pursuit for absolute security in fact leads to insecurity,” Mr. Le said in a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “Pushing a major country, a nuclear power, to the corner would lead to dreadful consequences.” He also criticized the Western sanctions against Russia, saying they would hurt a world economy already in limbo. “Globalization should not be used as a weapon,” he said. (https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/russia-ukraine-latest-news-2022-03-18/card/chinese-diplomat-blames-west-for-ukraine-crisis-tbG9dUdkCjsyFXNpWJ5c) Mr. Le repeated the messages in Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s call with President Biden on Friday, and said the U.S. and NATO should also have dialogue with Russia to ease the security concerns.

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