New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday urged China to oppose Russias invasion of Ukraine and use its access and influence to greatly help bring a finish to the conflict.
Ardern, speaking at the China Business Summit in Auckland, said Russian President Vladimir Putins aggression posed a threat to her small nation, a significant trading partner of China.
As history shows us repeatedly, when large countries disregard sovereignty and territorial integrity with a feeling of impunity, it generally does not bode well particularly for small countries like NewZealand, Ardern said.
She warned that the war in Ukraine could have effects that ripple around the world.
The implications of the war are global, and so are felt definately not Europe, including within the Indo-Pacific, Ardern said on Monday. So when a nation of the spot, we have a simple fascination with its peace and stability.
We continue steadily to urge China to be clear that it generally does not support the Russian invasion, and also have called on China to utilize its access and influence to greatly help bring a finish to the conflict, the prime minister added.
Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine in late February, with Russias military lately focusing its attacks on the countrys east. A large number of civilians have already been killed, millions have already been forced to flee their homes, and a large number of soldiers are increasingly being killed on both sides each day.
China is among the few major countries which has not condemned the war. In April, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng announced these were instead strengthening ties with Russia.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Putin have met in early February, prior to the war began, expressing their shared need to halt the expansion of the NATO security alliance.
Ardern, whose nation just celebrated fully re-opening its borders following the pandemic turn off much of the united states, said trade between China and New Zealand dates back 50 years, having blossomed from $38 million annually to $38 billion today.
China and New Zealand have both been major beneficiaries of relative peace, she said, adding it had been incumbent upon nations to keep up that.
By facilitating global cooperation on conditions that can only just be solved collectively, international rules, norms and institutions tend to be more important than ever before, she added. Wherever they could fail, our first port of call should always be to get ways to make sure they are stronger. Because we, both New Zealand and China, have benefited from their website.
Ardern also noted that New Zealand had concerns about potential human rights violations in China, including around Xinjiang, where ethnic Muslims are increasingly being persecuted and imprisoned, and also the autonomy of Hong Kong as Chinas central government asserts increasing control.