BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The Ukraine crisis has dragged on for over two months with no immediate solution in sight. Though the situation unfolding is worrisome, endeavors to end conflicts and restore peace have never stopped.
Since the start of the crisis, China has been making unremitting efforts to defuse tensions and working actively to promote dialogue between Russia and Ukraine, voicing its support for peace and doing its best for talks.
China's stance, widely recognized by Russia and Ukraine, among others, is in line with the fundamental and long-term interests of the world, and its concrete actions have injected much-needed confidence and new impetus into the maintenance of global peace and stability.
On the Ukraine issue, China has always adopted an objective and impartial attitude and stood for peace and justice.
There is a complex historical context surrounding the ongoing crisis, the root of which is a Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation.
China maintains that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected, the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter must be fully observed, and the legitimate security concerns of all countries need to be taken seriously.
Since the early days of the crisis, China has committed itself to promoting peace negotiations and making vigorous de-escalation efforts including proposing to hold peace talks, which have received a positive response from the Russian side.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has since held dialogues via phone with leaders of many countries, reiterating the need for political courage "to create space for peace and leave room for political settlement" and encouraging the two sides to "overcome difficulties, keep the talks going and bring about peaceful outcomes."
The "four musts" put forward by Xi clearly explain China's position on the Ukraine issue, over which Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also held in-depth exchanges of views with his counterparts of various countries.
The country has also put forward a five-point position and a six-point initiative on easing the humanitarian crisis, contributing China's wisdom to resolving the crisis and easing tensions.
At present, China supports Russia and Ukraine in overcoming difficulties and continuing peace talks, as well as the positive results achieved so far and the efforts made by relevant parties to prevent a large-scale humanitarian crisis.
The Ukraine crisis has become yet another information battlefield where certain U.S. politicians and media outlets have discredited and smeared China. They have fabricated lies, maliciously misinterpreted China-Russia relations and threatened to sanction China, seeking to pressure Beijing to abandon its independent foreign policy of peace and take sides.
Such unwarranted and toxic remarks have poisoned international relations and are extremely dangerous.
In fact, it was the United States that has made waves with the Russia-Ukraine conflict. From driving five rounds of NATO eastward expansion to plotting "color revolutions" in Russia's periphery, Washington has repeatedly trodden on Moscow's red line and sought to dominate European affairs by fomenting turbulence.
The crisis has laid bare Washington's unspoken calculations. Following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine military conflict, Washington, with little interest in brokering a political solution, went on to fan the flames, magnify regional conflict, and fish in troubled waters.
The Ukraine crisis is indeed heartbreaking. Both Russia and Ukraine are friendly partners of China. Over the past 30 years, China-Russia relations have yielded significant progress featuring non-alliance, non-confrontation and not targeting any third party. China-Ukraine relations, since their formation 30 years ago, have enjoyed a sound and steady momentum of development.
The Ukraine crisis broke out in Europe, but its spillovers are corroding world peace, stability and economic recovery. In the long run, all parties should draw lessons from the Ukraine crisis, stay committed to taking the legitimate security concerns of all countries seriously, uphold the principle of indivisible security and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture through dialogue and negotiation, as laid out in China's newly proposed Global Security Initiative.
China sincerely hopes that Russia and Ukraine can cease hostilities and negotiate for peace at an early date.
As a champion for peace and justice, China views an issue from a long-term perspective and judges based on its merits. China chooses dialogue over unilateral sanctions, de-escalation over escalation, and will make unremitting efforts for peace talks.
Meanwhile, China is ready to join hands with all peace-loving and development-oriented countries and people to implement the Global Security Initiative, blaze a path toward lasting peace and universal security, and forge a strong synergy to build a community with a shared future for humanity. ■