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China warns against 'fueling fire' in Ukraine war

Beijing also releases paper on Xi's wide-ranging flagship security plan

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Feb. 21 voiced concern the Ukraine war could escalate and urged "certain countries to ... stop fueling the fire."    © Reuters

SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- China called on Tuesday for an immediate end to actions it said were "fueling the fire" in the Ukraine conflict as Beijing unveiled a wide-ranging global security plan that extends to cooperation in artificial intelligence and outer space.

Portraying China as a global peacemaker, Foreign Minister Qin Gang issued a warning over escalating the nearly 1-year-old conflict sparked by Russian's invasion of its neighbor, which Beijing resisted criticizing as it struck a "no-limits" partnership with Moscow.

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