BEIJING: China on Thursday (Mar 3) denied a report that it requested Russia to delay its invasion of Ukraine until after the Beijing Winter Olympics, as worldwide scrutiny grows of warming ties between the 2 powers.
Beijing has taken a cautious line over the actions of its shut ally, and President Xi Jinping held a gathering final month together with his Russian counterpart the place the pair agreed to a “no limits” partnership.
Since then, Beijing has not condemned the invasion of Ukraine however has stopped wanting outright help.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Chinese officers had instructed senior Russian officers not to invade Ukraine earlier than the top of the Winter Olympics, citing senior officers within the administration of United States President Joe Biden in addition to a European official.
The report mentioned that Beijing had some degree of direct data about Russia’s conflict plans or intentions earlier than the invasion began final week, 4 days after the Olympics closing ceremony.
When requested at a press briefing on Thursday, Beijing dismissed the report.
“The New York Times report is complete fake news. These kinds of diversionary, blame-shifting remarks are thoroughly despicable,” mentioned overseas ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.