In the midst of the war in Ukraine, China wants to play a role in ending the conflict. The Chinese ambassador to Croatia, Qi Qianjin, in an interview with HTV, pointed out that China does not intend to send weapons to either Russia or Ukraine. He assessed the relations between Zagreb and Beijing as solid and friendly, particularly highlighting the Pelješac bridge construction project.
The relationship between China and Croatia
“China and Croatia established diplomatic relations more than 30 years ago. In the past 30 years, our countries have shown mutual respect and protected common interests. There are no strategic or political disputes between our two countries, China and Croatia. We have successfully implemented numerous projects in different areas. For example, last year the Pelješac bridge was completed and opened for traffic, and it was built by a Chinese company. This is a great achievement, not only from an economic point of view, but also a confirmation of the good relations between China and Croatia. China wants to strengthen cooperation with Croatia in all areas, especially in the area of trade and investment,” Qi Qianjin pointed out.
The war in Ukraine and the impact on relations between China and Croatia
“The conflict in Ukraine is still ongoing and affects not only Europe, but the whole world. This crisis is worrying for the Chinese government, which has taken a clear and unequivocal position that it hopes the war will end as soon as possible. At the same time, we must emphasize that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country should be respected. However, the hidden motives of all involved parties should also be taken into account. The Chinese government has decided to play a positive role in everything,” Qianjin said.
He highlighted the visit of Chinese special envoy Li Hui to Ukraine, Russia and other European countries as a confirmation of China's efforts to end the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.
“Our position is very clear. We are trying to contribute to the end of the war. We support all efforts to end the war. We emphasize again that China is not adding fuel to the fire. We do not supply weapons to any of the warring parties, and we hope for the end of the war as soon as possible.
He also commented on the recently adopted Chinese proposal for a 12-point peace plan.
“China presented a proposal for a political solution to the Ukrainian crisis. As our President Xi Jinping has stated on several occasions, China supports any peace initiative and is ready to play its role in it. China has a great influence on international relations, therefore we sympathize with the victims of war horrors and suffering on both sides, Ukrainian and Russian. And that's why we hope for the end of the war as soon as possible,” Qianjin emphasized once again.
The success of the Chinese economy
“China is again recording fast and stable economic growth since the beginning of this year. During the three years of the pandemic, China's economy stagnated. But since the government lifted all measures at the beginning of this year, China's economy has begun to recover rapidly. In the last few months, we have recorded a constant growth of GDP, which is now higher than 5.3%. China's economic growth and development and stability will positively affect world economies, including Croatia's,” he said.
The Taiwan situation
The ambassador also touched on the tense political situation in Taiwan.
“The question of Taiwan is in the focus of our interest. I will use three phrases that describe the principle of one China. First, there is only one China. Second, Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory. Third, the People's Republic of China is a unique and indivisible entity. We believe that behind the recent events in the Taiwan Strait are some interested parties or countries, including Taiwan's ruling party, the DPP, which uses every opportunity to demand independence. At the same time, some countries are manipulating Taiwan to stop the spread of China's power and influence,” Qianjin said.
He emphasized that China has repeatedly emphasized that it does not approve of any country's interference in China's internal affairs.
“We must protect our rights just as Ukraine protects its sovereignty and territorial integrity. We emphasize again that we are looking for a peaceful solution to the situation with Taiwan, with our brothers and sisters. But at the same time, we must do everything in our power to preserve our security, territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Qianjin concluded in the conversation.