China: US Stoking Ukraine War

( – China is turning around US criticism of China’s position on the Russian war in Ukraine after the US accused China of possibly providing Russia with “lethal” aid.

Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry took particular aim at the US accusations, saying in not so many words that the pot was calling the kettle black. The US is the largest supplier of military artillery in Ukraine, Wenbin said, and the US is “fanning the flames” of war to profit from it.

“We do not accept US finger-pointing or even coercion,” with regard to China-Russia relations, Wenbin said at a press conference.

Instead of stoking war, the US should be promoting peace talks as China is doing, the spokesman said.

On February 19th, President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he was greeted on the tarmac by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy as air raid sirens blasted in the background. International news reporters in Ukraine said they had not heard or seen artillery blasts or fighting in the city for several days, the circumstances under which air raid sirens are normally sounded.

In a speech that day, Biden promised Ukraine an additional half-billion dollars in aid, not counting a new trove of military equipment that Biden promises is “coming [their] way.”

Chinese spokesman Wenbin didn’t stop at commenting on the Ukrainian war. He twisted the proverbial knife by mentioning the US’s bungled troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021.

“We all saw what the U.S. did in Afghanistan,” Wenbin said, referring to the US’ claim that it would fight to the last Afghan. Wenbin asked if the US now wanted Ukraine to “fight until the last Ukrainian?”

President Biden was in Poland on Tuesday, February 20th to give a speech in the capital, Warsaw. In his remarks he taunted Russian President Vladimir Putin, characterizing him as a “weak autocrat” who could not stand up to NATO and what Biden called the growing strength of “democracies” around the world.

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