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Chinese envoy slams US for using Ukraine war to smear China

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Chinese envoy slams US for using Ukraine war to smear China

2024-06-15 17:55 Last Updated At:23:57

The United States has been spreading the lie that China has supported Russia in its war efforts, a Chinese envoy to the United Nations said on Friday, calling the accusation "unacceptable."

"On May 20, when the Security Council considered the Ukraine issue, the U.S. representative indicated that China helped Russia rebuild its defense industry. At that time I already responded. Today, the U.S. representative has once again spread the lie that China has supported Russia in its war efforts. This is totally unacceptable," China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, Geng Shuang, told the Security Council meeting.

Geng stressed that China has not provided lethal weapons for any party to the conflict and conducted economic and trade cooperation with Russia in accordance with WTO rules.

"I wish to reiterate that China is neither the one that created the Ukraine crisis nor a party to it. China has always been pushing for peace talks and for a political settlement. China has not provided lethal weapons to any party to the conflict, and has always strictly controlled dual-use items. The economic and trade cooperation between China and Russia complies with WTO rules and market rules and is not targeted against any third party and does not run counter to international law," said the representative.

He accused the U.S. of distracting attention from the conflict through spreading the lie.

"As a matter of fact, since the outbreak of the war, the trade between the U.S. and Russia has also never stopped. Under such circumstances, the U.S. has on many occasions accused the normal trade relations between China and Russia. This is nothing but hyping up. It is an attempt to divert people's attention on the conflict, creating differences and shirking responsibility," Geng said.

"We urge the U.S. to stop using the Ukraine issue as an excuse to smear China and to impose unilateral sanctions and unreasonable suppression on Chinese companies. We also urge the U.S. to make real and positive efforts to end the war and restore peace at an early date," he said.

Chinese envoy slams US for using Ukraine war to smear China

Chinese envoy slams US for using Ukraine war to smear China

Chinese products are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for a growing number of global consumers, fueled by the expansion of Chinese e-commerce platforms into international markets.

Recent data from South Korean authorities highlights a significant uptick in online shopping from China among Korean consumers. In the first quarter of this year alone, Korean expenditure on online shopping from China soared by 53.9 percent year-on-year, totaling 938.4 billion Korean won (approximately 680 million U.S. dollars). This figure represents more than half of South Korea's total spending on overseas online purchases.

In a bid to capitalize on this trend, a prominent Chinese cross-border e-commerce platform recently launched its inaugural pop-up store in Seoul's trendy Seongsu-dong district. The store features a diverse array of over 2,000 popular items, including T-shirts, dresses, and jeans, priced between 4,000 and 50,000 Korean won (approximately 2.9 to 36.2 U.S. dollars).

"The cost-effectiveness of the clothes is particularly high. I didn't expect to choose so many myself. I mainly selected some clothes with simple designs, and the store also has many personalized outfits suitable for summer wear," said a Seoul resident shopping at the store.

"Recently, prices have been rising rapidly. The average selling price of a T-shirt is around 20,000 Korean won (about 14.5 U.S. dollars), but here most are priced within 10,000 Korean won (about 7.3 U.S. dollars)," said another young shopper.

Amidst rising prices in South Korea, cost-effective Chinese goods ranging from clothing to daily necessities and automotive parts are gaining traction among Korean consumers. The allure of competitive pricing is evident, with many shoppers noting significant savings compared to local alternatives.

The surge in consumer demand has also driven a substantial increase in air freight volumes between China and South Korea, rising by 37.2 percent in the first quarter of this year to 166,000 tons.

To meet this growing demand, Chinese cross-border e-commerce platforms are scaling up their investments in warehouses and logistics infrastructure across South Korea.

This expansion is not only benefiting Chinese exporters but is also catalyzing growth opportunities for Korean logistics companies. Several major Korean logistics firms are expanding their international logistics hubs to enhance efficiency in handling parcels from Chinese e-commerce transactions.

Chinese e-commerce platforms surge in popularity among global consumers, boosting cross-border trade

Chinese e-commerce platforms surge in popularity among global consumers, boosting cross-border trade

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