ISTANBUL – China and the US should “shoulder their share of international responsibilities” for world peace and tranquility, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his US counterpart.
Following almost a two-hour long video call between the two presidents, a Chinese government statement said the two sides agreed that the call was “constructive.”
Speaking of Western sanctions on Russia, Xi said: “Sweeping and indiscriminate sanctions would only make the people suffer. If further escalated, they could trigger serious crises in global economy and trade, finance, energy, food, industrial and supply chains, crippling the already languishing world economy and causing irrevocable losses.”
Beijing has restrained from condemning Russia’s war on Ukraine and instead stressed dialogue and peaceful solution to the crisis.
“Whatever the circumstances, there is always a need for political courage to create space for peace and leave room for political settlement,” Xi said.