China avoided taking a clear position in the escalating Ukraine-Russia crisis on Tuesday. Following Russia’s advance to recognize the eastern Ukrainian territories as independent republics, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke on the phone with his US counterpart Antony Blinken. Following the phone call, Wang announced that China once again calls on all parties to exercise restraint and to de-escalate the situation. According to Wang, the differences between the parties could only be resolved through dialogue and negotiations.
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