The Chinese embassy in the United States has rebuked and debunked a recent statement issued by U.S. State Department attacking Beijing's position on the Ukraine situation, saying that "blaming and smearing just won't solve the problem".
"China's position on the Ukraine issue is impartial, objective and beyond reproach," an embassy spokesperson said in remarks published on the embassy's website on Wednesday.
On Monday, the U.S. State Department issued a statement on its website claiming that Chinese officials and media show China's support for Russia as they "routinely amplify Kremlin propaganda, conspiracy theories, and disinformation" on the Ukraine issue.
In response, the Chinese embassy spokesperson said that "the U.S. side should seriously reflect on itself" when it comes to spreading disinformation.
"It is the U.S. officials and media who have spread such rumors that China knew in advance and tacitly supported Russia's military action, and that China helped Russia evade sanctions and provided military support to Russia. These are disinformation in every sense of the word," the spokesperson said.
In addition, the spokesperson noted that the U.S. has waged wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, killing 335,000 civilians, and "this is not disinformation".
"The vast majority of countries in the world stand for resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict through dialogue and negotiation, and none of them wants to see the situation escalate or get out of control. This is not disinformation," the spokesperson added.
The U.S. State Department's statement specifically attacked Beijing's recent criticism on Washington sponsoring biolabs in Ukraine, calling the criticism "fabricated accusations".
Challenging Washington's claims, the Chinese embassy spokesperson noted that the U.S. admitted that it has 26 biolabs in Ukraine in the working document it submitted last year to the meeting of the State Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention.
"According to the fact sheet released by the U.S. Department of Defense in March, the U.S. is supporting 46 facilities in Ukraine. This is not disinformation," the spokesperson said.
The U.S. should welcome joint verification by the international community under the United Nations and the Biological Weapons Convention, the spokesperson added.
Noting that both countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council, the spokesperson said Beijing and Washington "should work together with the rest of the international community for an early political settlement of the Ukraine crisis".
"We should work together to realize a cease-fire as soon as possible, increase humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and protect civilians. We should strengthen coordination for greater world energy, food and supply chain security," the spokesperson added.