China has criticised the United States’ ban on Russian oil, gas and coal imports in response to the Ukraine war.
Recall that Joe Biden, United States President, on Tuesday imposed an immediate ban on Russian oil and other energy imports in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.
Reacting, China Foreign Office spokesperson Zhao Lijian told the press in Beijing on Wednesday that “Waving the big stick of sanctions will not bring us peace or security.
“They will only cause severe difficulties for the economy and the livelihood of relevant countries.
“Everyone will lose from this scenario and sanctions will only enhance division and confrontation.’’
China and Russia maintain good cooperation in the energy sector, he said.
“We will continue to conduct normal trade cooperation,’’ the spokesman added.
On possible punitive actions by the U.S. if Chinese banks and companies did not comply with other sanctions already imposed earlier, the spokesperson said China would take “all necessary measures’’ to resolutely defend the legitimate interests of Chinese companies and individuals.