Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly said that World War III is coming if China allies itself with Russia against his country, just one day prior to Monday’s surprise visit from U.S. President Joe Biden.
“For us, it is important that China does not support the Russian Federation in this war,” Zelensky told German daily Die Welt on Monday. “In fact, I would like it to be on our side. At the moment, however, I don’t think it’s possible.”
“Because if China allies itself with Russia, there will be a world war, and I do think that China is aware of that,” he said.
New York Post reports:
The Ukrainian president’s remarks come one day after US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken admitted the US was “very concerned that China’s considering providing lethal support to Russia” as it continues its long invasion of its western neighbor.
Blinken told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that he told his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, that such a move would have “serious consequences in our relationship.”
On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin took a tougher tack when he said the United States “is in no position to make demands of China.”
The spat comes at a particularly fraught time in the relationship between the two nations, which most recently quarreled over a Chinese spy balloon that floated above most of the US before being shot down earlier this month.
During his visit to Ukraine, Biden told Putin that his “war of conquest is failing.”
“One year later, Kyiv stands, Ukraine stands, democracy stands,” Biden said after meeting Zelensky at Mariinsky Palace in the heart of Kyiv’s capital city.
“The Americans stand with you and the world stands with you.”
Wang Yi is expected to meet with Putin this week, as Russia’s ties with China grow ever stronger; trade between the two Eastern powers rose 34% in 2022, according to the New York Post.