onsdag 2. mars 2022

Anti-Russian, anti-war voices grow louder in China in backlash against party line

More than 130 alumni of China's most prestigious universities have condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, calling on the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to honor a mutual security pact it signed with Kyiv in 1994. "We strongly condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine and resolutely support the just struggle of the Ukrainian people to resist it, and defend their country," said the statement, signed by graduates of disparate departments from journalism to physics at Peking, Tsinghua and Renmin universities.

It cited a joint security pact signed between China and Ukraine that commits Beijing to "providing security guarantees" to Ukraine, in the event that Ukraine was the subject of foreign aggression. Letter signatory Lu Nan, who graduated from the journalism department at Renmin University, said the letter was initiated by alumni of Peking University.

"We all have a common purpose, which is to oppose war and maintain peace," Lu told RFA. "Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a fundamental challenge to human conscience. Ukraine didn't invade Russia. It's a sovereign country and its people are peace-loving," he said.