Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) called on China to take a clear stand against the war in Ukraine when he spoke with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Friday.
China’s voice has weight, and with it comes responsibility. Today, I had an open and constructive conversation with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. I emphasized that China should state a clear position against the war in Ukraine, in defense of the UN Charter and international law, Støre wrote on Twitter.
China has not condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine yet. It abstained from voting when the UN General Assembly did so last month.
“China, which says it places great emphasis on UN regulations and its right to territorial integrity, also has a responsibility to help stop Russia’s war of aggression,” Støre said in a press release.
He believes China’s position on the issue is important and affects the country’s global reputation, especially in Europe.
Other topics discussed by Støre and Li Keqiang include the climate and the growing trade between Norway and China.
Støre also called on China to contribute to the global pandemic coalition ACT-A.
In addition, they talked about human rights issues.
“I recognized China’s accession to the ILO Convention on Workers’ Rights. I clearly expressed Norwegian concern about the development in Xinjiang and Hong Kong,” Støre said.
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