China Takes No Sides On Ukraine Crisis, Xi Tells Europe

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President Xi Jinping said on Friday China would not take sides with the West or Russia over Ukraine, disappointing any hopes Beijing might add its weight to international pressure on Moscow for annexing Crimea. Xi said in a news conference, "China does not have any private interests in the Ukraine question...All parties involved should work for a political and diplomatic solution to the conflict." China has adopted a cautious response to the Ukraine crisis, not wanting to alienate its ally Russia or make comment directly on the referendum in which Crimea voted to join Russia.

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