William Burns, director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, said on Tuesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping was “concerned” about Russia’s “difficulties” in invading Ukraine.
“I think President Xi and the Chinese leadership are a little bit concerned about what they see in Ukraine,” Burns told a US congressional committee.
“They did not expect the great difficulties faced by the Russians.“, It is to explain.
Beijing has maintained an ambiguous position on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. on one hand, He argued that sovereignty and territorial integrity All nations must respect – a longstanding principle in Chinese foreign policy which presupposes a stance against any invasion – but at the same time Opposition to sanctions against Russia He cited NATO’s expansion in Eastern Europe as the root of the problem.
During the hearing before the US Congress, the CIA chief also stated that China is “concerned” about the impact of its proximity to the Putin regime on the country’s “reputation”, and is also closely watching the potential repercussions on the Chinese economy.
Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for the “maximum containment” of the conflict in Ukraine, during a telephone conversation with the leaders of France and Germany, Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz.
The Chinese president reiterated his country’s opposition to international sanctions, saying that measures taken against Moscow “will harm all parties.”
The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency also considered that China is “a little upset” with the way Vladimir Putin “brought together” Europe and the United States.
They appreciated what they thought was their ability to create differences between us and Europeans, and I think so [a aproximação] bothers them.”
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