Europe-China trade bears the weight of the country’s double sword in the face of the Ukraine crisis

March 01, 2022 8:43 p.m. STI

beijing [China]Mar 1 (ANI): Tommy Tan, chairman of Shanghai EPU Supply Chain Management Co, amid escalating tensions in Ukraine and China’s neutral stance on the issue, said some European customers had started canceling orders delivered by China-Europe freight trains, small and medium traders bearing the brunt.
He said that “some European customers have expressed deep concerns about the possible impact of escalating tensions and have started to cancel orders delivered by China-Europe freight trains, small and medium traders by bearing the weight”.
Notably, China’s position on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis is like a double sword. China wants “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries to be respected and protected.” On the other hand, it also says: “The legitimate security concerns of all countries must be respected. Given NATO’s five consecutive rounds of eastward expansion, Russia’s legitimate security demands must be taken seriously and properly dealt with.”

Tan says: “Due to the escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine, all of our trains passing through Ukraine can only be diverted to other routes…direct shipments to Ukraine have ceased. “.
The disruption has also affected shipping, with international shipping lines changing their routes. The impact on logistics includes shipments of goods such as shoes and clothes from China to Ukraine, the Hong Kong Post reported.
China has not yet condemned Russia, and perhaps that is why the country does not receive any support from the Ukrainian authorities. China’s ambassador to Kyiv said the evacuees should wait until they can leave safely.
According to HK Post, students were waiting for the evacuation call a week before the invasion, but it didn’t come. They had packed their luggage in anticipation and by the time the call came hostilities were underway and the airports were closed.
Additionally, videos are making the rounds on Chinese social media platforms showing students “hiding in air-raid shelters and police closing the roads leading to the airport.” Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with his counterparts from the UK, EU, France and Germany and tried to convince them of his country’s position. (ANI)

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