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‘Cold War mentality’: China’s Xi denounces ‘abuse of sanctions’ | Russia-Ukraine war News

‘Cold War mentality’: China’s Xi denounces ‘abuse of sanctions’ | Russia-Ukraine war News

Chinese President Xi Jinping said the world should oppose unilateral sanctions and efforts by some countries to maintain their political and military power – a veiled shot at the United States and its allies over opposition to the war in Ukraine.

Xi’s remarks on Thursday at the virtual meeting of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, known collectively as BRICS, reflect China’s tacit backing of Russia in the war in Ukraine and its desire to form an international alliance opposed to the US-led liberal democratic order.

Nations need to “reject the Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation, oppose unilateral sanctions and abuse of sanctions, and reject the small circles built around hegemonism by forming one big family belonging to a community with a shared future for humanity”, Xi was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

“As the representatives of important emerging markets and major developing countries, at a critical juncture of historical development, it is important to the world that we make right choices and take responsible actions.”

The BRICS meeting came amid rising concerns about the global economic outlook and a growing political divide between China and India.

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While no agenda has been issued for the two-day talks, Ukraine is likely to feature heavily in the background.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, blamed “thoughtless and selfish actions of certain states” for the global economic crisis, adding, “honest and mutually beneficial cooperation” are the only way out of the situation.

“This crisis situation that has shaped in the global economy [is] caused by the thoughtless and selfish actions of certain states who, using financial mechanisms, essentially shift the blame for their own…

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