China strongly opposes unilateral sanctions, cooperation between Beijing and Moscow is not aimed at third parties and is not influenced by external factors, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Wednesday, commenting on the US sanctions bill for China’s purchase of oil and gas from Russia.
Earlier, Bloomberg reported that US Republican Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill to impose sanctions on any legal entity for insuring or registering tankers that transport oil or liquefied natural gas from Russia to China. According to Rubio, by buying Russian oil, China is supporting a special operation in Ukraine.
“We strongly oppose illegal unilateral sanctions and the application of extraterritorial jurisdiction,” the diplomat said.
He stressed that “China conducts normal trade and economic cooperation with Russia on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, it is not directed against third parties and is not affected by external interference.”