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Kuleb talks to Xinhua

Kuleb talks to Xinhua
May 6, 2022 (WiC 583)
“We hope China will call on Russia to stop this invasion and respect the territorial integrity of other nations”

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dymitro Kuleb speaks out in the first interview by a senior Ukrainian official with a Chinese state news outlet since Russia’s invasion in late February. According to Xinhua, Kuleb asked China to mediate a ceasefire between Kyiv and Moscow and act as a “security guarantor” for a deal.

 Defensive remarks

 Defensive remarks
Apr 29, 2022 (WiC 582)
“We want a good relationship with China but we’re not going to be subservient or cower to them”

Australia’s Defence Minister Peter Dutton tells a local television channel that “My judgment is that President Xi wants a tributary state arrangement with Australia”. Dutton also described Australia’s military position as being as “dire” as it had been in the lead-up to the Second World War. He made his stark remarks in the wake of China’s recent security deal with the Solomon Islands.

Graham goes to Taipei

Graham goes to Taipei
Apr 22, 2022 (WiC 581)
“The American people understand how important you are to us. We are going to make China pay a bigger price for what they are doing all over the world. The never-ending cyber attacks on your economy by Communist Chinese needs to come with a price”

US Senator Lindsey Graham speaking during a trip at the weekend to visit Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen. The senior Republican politician added: “If America abandons Taiwan it will change the world fundamentally for the worse.” Thousands of miles away in the race to win a Pennsylvania Senate seat in next month’s Republican primary China was also a political rallying cry as candidate Mehmet Oz attacked his opponent David McCormick as a “pro-China, Wall Street insider”.  

More vigilance called for

More vigilance called for
Apr 8, 2022 (WiC 580)
“We must adopt an extremely responsible attitude, heightened vigilance, more pragmatic and effective measures to guard aviation safety tightly”

Feng Zhenglin, director of China’s Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), during a teleconference on Wednesday. He was referring to the crash of China Eastern’s flight MU735 on March 21 which killed 132 people near Wuzhou. Investigations into the cause of the disaster are ongoing.