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China urges immediate lifting of all illegal unilateral sanctions: spokesman

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China urges immediate lifting of all illegal unilateral sanctions: spokesman
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China urges immediate lifting of all illegal unilateral sanctions: spokesman

2024-05-20 16:55 Last Updated At:19:07

The countries that have imposed illegal unilateral sanctions against China should listen to the international call for justice and immediately lift all of them, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

Spokesman Wang Wenbin made the comments at a press briefing in Beijing in response to the latest visit to China by Alena Douhan, United Nations Special Rapporteur, on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.

At China's invitation, Ms. Douhan paid a visit to China from May 6 to 17. She went to Beijing, Shenzhen and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where she talked with government officials and representatives from enterprises, industry associations and social organizations, Wang said.

"At the end of her trip, Ms. Douhan held a press conference in Beijing to brief the media on her visit to China. She noted that unilateral sanctions should not be used as a foreign policy tool and a means of economic coercion. Unilateral sanctions imposed by relevant countries against China violate international law and have a negative impact on human rights and they should be removed," said the spokesman.

Wang stressed that China firmly opposes unilateral sanctions, which gravely violate the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations. They constitute serious human rights violations and undermine international efforts in development cooperation, said the spokesman.

"We urge relevant countries to take seriously the international call for justice and immediately lift all illegal unilateral sanctions. China stands ready to strengthen exchanges with all parties including the UN human rights mechanisms to further enhance the international community's awareness of the illegality and harm of unilateral sanctions, and work together to eliminate the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on countries on a global scale, and jointly promote the sound development of international human rights cause," Wang said.

China urges immediate lifting of all illegal unilateral sanctions: spokesman

China urges immediate lifting of all illegal unilateral sanctions: spokesman

Russia claimed on Wednesday that its forces attacked the ammunition depots of Ukraine, while the Ukrainian said they destroyed military equipment of Russia, according to their latest updates on the conflict.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a briefing released on Wednesday that its military gained advantageous positions in multiple areas, striking Ukrainian ammunition depots, artillery systems, and other targets.

They also intercepted rockets, aerial bombs, and drones launched by Ukraine, said the Defense Ministry.

On the same day, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian forces were engaged in combat with the Russian military in various directions, including Pokrovsk.

They launched powerful strikes against Russia, resulting in the destruction of Russian personnel and weaponry, it added.

A spokesperson from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant stated that the city of Energodar, where the nuclear power plant is situated, experienced a power outage due to the Ukrainian drone attack on a local substation, according to a report by Russia's TASS news agency on Wednesday.

But operation of the nuclear plant was not affected, said the report.

Following the drone attack, Ukrainian armed forces commenced artillery bombardment on the city, said a TASS report.

Russia strikes Ukrainian ammunition depots, Ukraine destroys Russian military equipment

Russia strikes Ukrainian ammunition depots, Ukraine destroys Russian military equipment

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