Comments from China’s ambassador to France have prompted widespread outrage after he questioned the sovereignty of former Soviet countries, including Ukraine.
The Chinese Ambassador to France, Lu Shaye stated that the countries of the former USSR "do not have an effective status in international law, since there is no international agreement that would specify their status as sovereign countries." pic.twitter.com/AReC1BNYxm
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) April 23, 2023
Amid the continued Russian invasion of Ukraine, China has moved closer into its alliance with Russia — especially because the two have similar goals, to take back territory that they claim belongs to them. Russia has been engaged in a war with Ukraine in an attempt to seize the territory, while China has been taking aggressive action to intimidate the free nation of Taiwan as part of an effort to seize the territory.
The shared goals are likely the reason behind the comments from Chinese Ambassador LuShaye during an interview aired on French television on Friday.
Shaye was asked about his position on whether Crimea is part of Ukraine or not, and responded by stating that it was historically part of Russia and was only offered to Ukraine by former Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev.
“These ex-USSR countries don’t have actual status in international law because there is no international agreement to materialize their sovereign status,” the Chinese ambassador added.
Numerous countries — including France, Ukraine and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — have expressed outrage over Shaye’s comments.
On Sunday, France expressed its “full solidarity” with all of the countries that would be affected by Shaye’s claims — noting that they had all acquired their independence “after decades of oppression.”
“On Ukraine specifically, it was internationally recognized within borders including Crimea in 1991 by the entire international community, including China,” a French foreign ministry spokesperson said, adding that China needs to clarify whether Shaye’s comments reflect the country’s official position or not.
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine all reacted similarly — especially because they were all formerly part of the Soviet Union.
“It is strange to hear an absurd version of the ‘history of Crimea’ from a representative of a country that is scrupulous about its thousand-year history,” Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior Ukrainian presidential aide, said in a tweet.
“If you want to be a major political player, do not parrot the propaganda of Russian outsiders,” he added.
All post-Soviet Union countries have a clear sovereign status enshrined in international law. Except for Russia, which fraudulently took a seat in the UN Security Council. It is strange to hear an absurd version of the "history of Crimea" from a representative of a country that…
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) April 23, 2023
Clearly, the CCP has no qualms about declaring that Ukraine and other former Soviet countries have no sovereignty — as their actions reflect a refusal to acknowledge territorial boundaries.
This is not the first time that communist China has disregarded the sovereignty of other countries, as recent reports indicate that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been infiltrating countries and installing secret police stations to oppress dissidents — and is also using “sister cities” to obtain influence over other countries.