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Representatives of China and NATO engage in a crossroads of accusations about the conflict in Ukraine

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The Chinese Ambassador to Iceland, He Rulong stressed that Beijing’s view of the crisis in Ukraine includes a historical perspective.

The head of the NATO Military Committee, Rob Bauer, and the Chinese ambassador to Iceland, He Rulong, staged a heated exchange of words this Saturday due to the attitude of the countries they represent towards the conflict in Ukraine. The incident took place at the annual conference of the Arctic Circle Assembly, which is held from 13 to the 16 October in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.

During the meeting, Bauer stated that Beijing “does not share its values and undermines the rules-based international order

,” collects Bloomberg.

For his part, the Chinese diplomat questioned the senior military officer, and remarked: “Admiral, with all due respect, your speech and comments are full of arrogance“.

Bauer seemed annoyed by the comment and took the floor again to answer. “I have a question for you, because you underline the principle of sovereignty and the importance of internationally recognized borders in the world. I am correct, am I not? Yes. So how is it possible that China continues without condemnation of Russia’s attack on Ukraine?” he asked.

It’s really good to speak out and talk when you have different ideas. This is exactly what Arctic Circle is for. Increased understandings will make our world a more peaceful place. https://t.co/0jw3j3woY0

— He Rulong 何儒龙 (@HeRulong) October 15, 2022

The head of the Chinese diplomatic mission explained that Beijing’s view of the crisis in Ukraine includes a historical perspective

, while the world should “understand the fundamental cause” of the events in the European country.

This Wednesday, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution condemning the accession to Russia of the people’s republics of Donbass, as well as mo the Kherson and Zaporozhie regions, after the referendums held. China, along with India, were among the 35 nations that abstained in the vote that ended with 143 votes in favor and five against.

Since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Beijing has not condemned Moscow’s actions, nor has it joined the Western sanctions. From the Asian giant they have repeatedly shown their concern regarding the conflict, urging a peaceful resolution .

Arctic Council in limbo

The Arctic Circle Assembly is an informal forum that brings together official representatives, indigenous peoples’ organizations and academics. It is independent of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum made up of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the US and Russia, which currently chairs the organization.

The functioning of the Council, where China acts as an observer, was left in limbo after the decision of the seven members to temporarily suspend in March all the meetings of the organization in response to the Moscow military operation.

For his part, Gao Feng, the Chinese special envoy for arctic affairs, pointed out during the Assembly that his country would not support Russia’s exclusion from the Council, while ruling out handing over the presidency to Norway. “There is no procedure to remove anyone from the Council. So I really doubt that the presidency can pass – to someone else – or that Norway can take over,” he said.

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