UNITED NATIONS, July 29 (Reuters) – China on Friday accused the United States of double standards at the United Nations for challenging Beijing’s sovereignty over Taiwan, while insisting on the principle of Ukraine’s sovereignty after the invasion of Russian forces.

A day after Chinese leader Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden in a phone call against playing with fire on Taiwan, Deputy UN Ambassador Geng Shuang reinforced the message during a meeting on Ukraine at the 15-member UN Security Council.

“While a country has repeatedly stressed the principle of sovereignty over the issue of Ukraine, it has repeatedly challenged China’s sovereignty over Taiwan, and even deliberately created tension in the Taiwan Strait,” said Geng, a clear reference to the United States without naming him.

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China’s determination to defend its national sovereignty and territorial integrity should not be underestimated, Geng said. “I hope the country concerned will see this clearly and not play with fire.”

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‘MISLEADING’

A spokesperson for the US mission to the United Nations dismissed China’s comment as “an attempt to distract and deflect blame from reality: that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is unacceptable in all circumstances”.

“China’s failure to highlight Russia’s role as an overt aggressor in its conflict with Ukraine calls into question its commitment to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesperson said. word.

Geng told the council that China has always maintained that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected and legitimate security concerns should be taken seriously.

The spokesperson for the US mission to the United Nations said China’s “misleading” argument that Russia has “legitimate” security concerns “appears to justify aggression by larger powers against smaller powers rather than a genuine commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes”.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who addressed the council ahead of Geng’s speech, said Russia had “effectively set fire to the UN Charter”. The charter says the 193-member global body is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all members and that they must settle international disputes by peaceful means.

“There should be no longer any doubt, as we warned earlier this year, that Russia intends to dismantle Ukraine as a geopolitical entity and dissolve it entirely from the world map. “, said Thomas-Greenfield.

Deputy Russian Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy has accused Western states of waging a proxy war against Russia by supplying arms to Ukrainian government forces.

“The denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine will be completed,” Polyanskiy said, using Moscow’s official language to describe the invasion. “There must no longer be any threat from this state to Donbass (border region of Ukraine) nor to Russia nor to the liberated Ukrainian territories.”

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Reporting by Michelle Nichols; edited by Grant McCool

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