Beijing: China on Monday slammed the United States for sanctioning Chinese companies for alleged involvement with Russia, saying the illegal, unilateral sanctions, if not revoked, would be met with countermeasures from China.
Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, told a press briefing that the US actions lack both the basis in international law and UN Security Council mandate, Xinhua news agency reported.
"They are typical unilateral sanctions and illegal 'long-arm jurisdiction' and detrimental to Chinese interests. We deplore & reject this move & have made serious demarches to the US side," Mao said.
She also said that on the Ukraine issue, China's position has been objective and fair.
"We have actively promoted peace talks and sought a political solution. The US, however, has been fanning the flame & fueling the fight with more weaponry," she said.
To date, the US has provided Ukraine with over $32 billion worth of military aid, including large quantities of advanced armament. Just days ago, it announced yet another tranche of military aid for Ukraine worth $2 billion, according to the spokesperson.
Mao said the United States has been pouring weapons into one side of the conflict, thus prolonging the fight and making peace elusive, while spreading disinformation that China would supply weapons to Russia and sanctioning Chinese companies under that pretext.
"This is out-and-out hegemonism and double standard, and absolute hypocrisy," Mao said.
"On the one-year mark of the full escalation of the Ukraine crisis, China issued its position paper on the political settlement of the crisis, whereas the US imposed sanctions on Chinese and other foreign companies. Who is promoting peace and de-escalation, and who is fueling the tension and making the world more unstable? The answer is fairly obvious," the spokesperson said.
She called on the United States to reflect on its behaviour, bear in mind what is good for the world, and do something that will actually help de-escalate the situation and get peace talks going.
"The US also needs to stop spreading disinformation and withdraw the sanctions on Chinese companies," she said.