China-Ukraine relations may deteriorate due to list of war sponsors
China has informed Ukraine that bilateral relations could be damaged because Kyiv has listed 14 of its companies as international war sponsors
Reuters reports this.
The news agency's sources claim that this warning was conveyed to Ukraine during a meeting between the Chinese ambassador in Kyiv and senior Ukrainian officials last month.
The article states that the list of international sponsors of Russia's war against Ukraine includes 48 global companies, 14 of which are Chinese.
"The ambassador said that all this (the situation with the blacklist) could have a negative impact on our relations," said one of the sources.
According to him, China did not set any conditions for Ukraine, but simply expressed its point of view on the list.
According to the second source, this position of Beijing may relate to China's purchases of Ukrainian grain.
Reuters emphasizes that before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, China was Kyiv's largest trading partner and remains an important consumer of Ukrainian grain, oil, and iron ore.
- On October 3, Ukraine's National Agency on Corruption Prevention added three of China's largest oil and gas companies to the list of international sponsors of war: they continue to implement joint projects with Russia.