The Chinese government blasted Western hypocrisy over the war in Ukraine, asking why there was not similar outrage over the civilian casualties caused by the US and NATO wars on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and former Yugoslavia.
“The US, NATO and some western media are very hypocritical, especially as some reports smack of racism,” said a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry.
“I wonder if you were equally concerned about the civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine. Do these civilians mean nothing to you?” he asked.
Beijing argued that it has been consistent in opposing wars and calling for peace everywhere, unlike the Western bloc.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made these scathing comments in a press conference on March 17.
A reporter from Western news agency AFP asked why China has not condemned Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
In an extremely biased loaded question, the AFP reporter said, “My question is given that China has not explicitly opposed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, should we assume that China therefore has no problem with this kind of indiscriminate killing of civilians?”
The reporter went on: “President Biden has called President Putin a ‘war criminal’. Does China agree that Russia may have committed war crimes in Ukraine?”
The deeply one-sided comments clearly angered Zhao Lijian, who condemned the “hypocrisy” and “racism” of the Western media.
“On the Ukraine issue, China has made its view known that the international community should focus on two things, namely, peace talks and avoidance of a large-scale humanitarian crisis,” he said.
“We have also made huge efforts in this regard. China has proposed a six-point initiative on easing the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and has taken real actions. We will continue to provide new humanitarian assistance as needed,” Zhao added.
“I want to stress that China’s position on peace talks is consistent. You may refer to China’s statements on hotspot issues including Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine and Israel,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman continued.
“When it comes to civilian casualties and humanitarian situation, I wonder if you were equally concerned about the civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine. Do these civilians mean nothing to you?” Zhao asked.
“Do not forget Serbia in 1999, or the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Did you show any care about civilian casualties there? If not, then you are in no position to make accusations against China,” he said.
“China’s position is aboveboard, objective and just. But the US, NATO and some western media are very hypocritical, especially as some reports smack of racism,” Zhao continued.
“We suggest some media focus more efforts on things that are conducive to promoting peace,” the Foreign Minister spokesman concluded. “They may advise the US and NATO countries not to supply ammunition or add fuel to the flame, but to sit down and build peace by talking with Europe, Russia and Ukraine.”