Penny Wong calls on China to use its influence to end Russia’s war on Ukraine


Wong spoke to reporters about the issue just after a meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

“China has like all of us, signed up to the UN Charter,” Wong said.

“We believe as does every country with the exception of Russia, that Russia is in breach of UN Charter with the illegal invasion of Ukraine.”

A teenager rides past a sign reading “Caution. Mines” in the liberated city of Izium in Ukraine. (AP)

She referenced China’s position as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, known colloquially as the P5.

“We encourage China as a P5 member with a special responsibility to uphold the UN Charter and use its influence to end the war,” Wong said.

When quizzed on China’s position on the Ukraine war, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China had been “consistent and clear”.

“We call on the parties concerned to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation and find a solution that accommodates all parties’ legitimate security concerns,” he said.

“We also hope the international community will create conditions and space for that.”

President of China Xi Jinping and President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
President of China Xi Jinping and President of Russia Vladimir Putin. (Alex Ellinghausen/Sydney Morning Herald)

China has not officially supported Russia throughout the invasion, but has been an eager customer for its oil and natural gas.

Wong said her meeting with Wang had been “constructive”.

“I think it is a long road on which many steps will have to be taken by both parties to a more stable relationship,” she said.

“Australian interests are constant and the Government will continue to speak of those issues we see as necessary.”

Wong also raised Taiwan and trade as other major issues of concern between Australia and China.

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