Q: Late last night Beijing time, the UN Security Council voted on the draft resolution presented by the US on the referendum in Crimea. What is China's comment?
A: China abstained from the vote on the draft resolution on the referendum in Crimea. Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi has expounded on China's position after the vote.
China always respects all countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is a basic diplomatic principle that has long been upheld by China. We believe that due to the complex historical and practical factors, we should take everything into consideration when dealing with the Ukrainian issue. China disapproves of confrontation. The UN Security Council's vote on the draft resolution will only lead to confrontation among all parties, which will further complicate the situation. It goes against the common interests of the Ukrainian people and the international community. Under the current circumstances, China calls on all parties to keep calm, exercise restraint and refrain from raising the tension. What is imperative now is to push for a political settlement.
China has been just and objective on the Ukrainian issue. We will continue to promote peace talks and play a constructive role for the political settlement of the Ukrainian issue. We have made our own suggestions, which focus on establishing as soon as possible an international coordination mechanism joined by all parties to explore a political approach to defusing the Ukrainian crisis. Pending that, no party should take any actions that deteriorate the situation.