China’s Xi warns of ‘alarm for humanity’ in Ukraine as BRICS leaders meet for virtual summit

Chinese leader Xi Jinping said the conflict in Ukraine “sounded the alarm for humanity” and at the same time condemned US sanctions against Russia, accusing the West of provoking Moscow.

Mr Xi was speaking Wednesday at the inauguration of a virtual meeting of the world’s top emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or “BRICS”.

His keynote speech strengthened China’s continued support for Russia in the European conflict and would be welcome news for President Vladimir Putin, who was also present.

“The crisis in Ukraine is once again ringing the alarm bell for humanity,” Xi was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

“Countries will certainly run into security difficulties if they blindly believe in their positions of power, expand military alliances and seek their own security at the expense of others,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured sitting at a desk, wearing a black suit and tie.  Behind it is the Russian flag.
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Mr. Xi’s keynote speech.(Reuters: Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Kremlin)

In other comments, Xi said sanctions could serve as a “boomerang” and a “double-edged sword” and that the global community would suffer from “politicization, mechanization and armaments” of global economic trends and financial flows.

Call us to work together on COVID-19 and globalization

Xi also said China would seek to reduce the damage to international supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which it has faced with a harsh lockdown and quarantine policy, despite reduced cases and rising economic costs.

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