China Urges Calm, Restraint in Resolving Crimea

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Bulgaria: China Urges Calm, Restraint in Resolving Crimea Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Russia's Vladimir Putin (R). Archive photo by EPA/BGNES

The President of China, Xi Jinping, has urged Barack Obama and Angela Merkel to pursue all possible diplomatic means for resolving the Ukraine crisis.

China has been mostly on stand-by so far and refrained from expressing a clear position on the situation in Crimea. However, the country’s President has made private phone calls to the leaders of the United States and Germany over the weekend to discuss the issue.

“The situation in Ukraine is extremely complex, and what is most urgent is for all sides to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid an escalation in tensions”, China’s Foreign Ministry cited Xi Jinping as telling President Obama, The Guardian reports.

China is also open to any diplomatic suggestions and proposals, which would be geared towards easing the tension in Ukraine, the statement adds.

Foreign policy analysts suggest that China’s cautious approach to the Crimean crisis stems from its delicate ethnic situation domestically, with several autonomous regions having expressed a desire to secede from Beijing’s rule. Acts of separatist terrorism have been on the rise over past months in the Asian country.

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Executive - 11 Mar 2014 // 18:38:04

George, just because you were caught in the wrong side of the Iron Curtain doesn't give you the right to say nonsense and stupidities.

The USA established the Marshall Plan after the WW2 that greatly benefited all Western Europeans. I think you were too busy working in your 'socialist brotherly' camps or too shut off from the world to remember a few historical facts such as the German Miracle, the Spanish Miracle, the Greek Miracle, the Italian Miracle and so on. You must not have traveled very much in your own continent to see how in most European cities like Milan, Madrid, London or Athens the business centers all date from the 1960s and 1970s when the West was booming. When you write that Europe was in decline after the war you are writing absolute nonsense. I understand you are not very worldly but please don't think your Bulgarian example is applicable to all of Europe. That's just plainly ridiculous.

I don't know what you reference when you try to say that our American friends stole from Germany? The fact that German scientists emigrated to America (along with Jews, Latin Americans, Western Europeans, Many Eastern Europeans and Asians) only points out that the USA and Canada have always been prosperous societies that attract talent and that's the number 1 reason why the USA is the leading country in today's world. Nothing more and nothing less.

And you're not doing me a favour by writing in English. You purposefully come to this forum (and have been coming from 2007) to write to foreigners and English speakers. Perhaps we are doing you a favour by allowing you to write nonsense and bother us rather than your bored panelki neighbours in Druzhba 5.

George Zheliazkov - 11 Mar 2014 // 17:40:44

“Executive” (one of your many nicknames…)
I’m already making you a favor by expressing myself in English. Please learn to respect other cultures and nations!

Yes the Europeans are asking the US but that’s where their mistake is! The US is safe and stable on the other side of the ocean. In fact it has been that way for centuries. Even during the Second World War the US didn’t suffer as much as Europe did and in fact the US even capitalized on stealing Hitler’s Germany advanced technology and science (going to space and flying rockets…) and taking over the world markets. After that during the cold war Europe was the one again being isolated and stagnated with all the friction and lack of progress and the US had no tensions and threats in their geopolitical area so they have managed to grow their economy to the largest one in the world and prosper enormously….

The bottom line here is that business, investments and prosperity requires peace and stability. If you constantly invite your US friends to stir controversy, revolutions, violence and instability under the pretext of freedom and democracy then Europe and the EU will be stuck somewhere into the last century fighting some imaginable “demons”!
In the mean while the US will be prospering and getting better and better by peacefully growing their unaffected economy.

In my opinion the EU, Russia and all neighboring countries should resolve their issues because they will be the ones affected by it and living with it for centuries to come.
I also urge the West not to turn this into an anti-Slavic event and not to impose their western culture upon the Slavic world by trying to “erase” and diminish its presence and existence! (Needles to even mention that Russia also needs some significant changes but those by no mean should be imposed by the west!)

Executive - 11 Mar 2014 // 10:18:44

I beg you pardon George but I believe that the Europeans are the ones asking the United States for assistance. After all, the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and even Germany have always been very much Atlanticist nations. Not to mention that Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, the Baltics and Romania have not only asked for extra protection and guarantees from America, they have also requested that the Americans sell them natural gas.

I understand that coming from a dark anti-American corner nobody in Europe really considers to be European gives you the false idea that you represent a majority opinion. You don't. Even your neighbour Romania is completely in favour of having the Americans give them a hand. They have also smartly chosen to develop their shale reserves and have invited Chevron. Your government on the other hand has decided that nepotism, corruption, red tape, oligarchies and incompetence are government policy (makes perfect sense why Bulgarians are so close to Russia).

The USA will continue to be of extreme importance to Europe because a majority of the rich European countries and the Eastern European countries that matter i.e. Poland, will continue pushing for them to have a major role in our continent.

Like I suggested in a previous post I think it would be more appropriate for you to voice your opinions in Russian chat rooms and forums where your backward and silly ideas and hatred for the West are official state policy.

An American - 11 Mar 2014 // 06:36:00

the Chinese don't want a precedent set with referendums. It's not in keeping with their policy regarding Taiwan and who knows, maybe Hong Kong would like to secede.

George Zheliazkov - 11 Mar 2014 // 03:37:07

Actually talking to Obama and the US is irrelevant. This is a strictly European and Eurasian issue and it should be resolved accordingly to the interests and well-being of that geopolitical area. Realistically speaking the sooner the EU learns to keep their US friends at bay and away from their political influence the better the whole Eurasian economy will be. Europe is the one, which will suffer the long consequences of that political and financial crisis.

What happened in Ukraine is a disaster by all means. Everybody likes “freedom” and “democracy” but the crucial thing here is how are you planning to achieve it and what price are you willing to pay for it.
Ruining your country’s economy (Ukraine) for decades and running pretty much the entire European economy into the ground is probably not the best solution (needles to even talk about a possible military conflict…). Does the Ukrainians or anybody else take into consideration the complexity and time frame involved of building a vibrant and competitive market based economy? How do we create those competitive, productive and profitable Ukrainian companies being able to produce that competitive product or service? And how about that fair uncorrupt democratic government? I’ll tell you how, you need 30 to 50 years! Perhaps some educational programs should be shown on TV in all those “transitional countries” (before they make the violent demonstrations!). Educational programs on subjects like democracy, capitalism, market-based economy, business, finance, stock markets, etc. and how all that stuff works.

Pretty much most of the EU is in trouble and the engine (Germany) of that union will soon be stalled by the high Euro currency and its export based economy. The EU is on its speedy way to another recession if a fast and peaceful solution to the Ukrainian problem is not found. Things should’ve never gone so bad and the EU and Russia should have been more proactively involved long time ago with Ukraine in order to prevent violent demonstrations and political-financial government collapse. The lack of cooperation and the EITHER – OR strategy (EU or Russia choice for Ukraine) was absolutely wrong and unacceptable in 21 century, which led to the violence and extremism!
Cooperation, tolerance, flexibility, steady and gradual changes, growth and prosperity are what is needed.

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