Earlier this week, diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv were relocated amid fears that an attack could be imminent. China, meanwhile, has resisted similar moves and not voiced overt concerns about Moscow's actions. It has faced criticism from the Pentagon for its perceived "tacit support" of Russian military coercion against Ukraine.
"For days, the U.S. has been playing up the threat of war and creating an air of tension," China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a regular press conference in Beijing. "This has gravely impacted the economy, social stability and people's lives in Ukraine, and obstructed dialogue and negotiations between the concerned parties."