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Ukraine war

Beijing says little as West blasts Ukraine invasion

China's social media lights up with messages supporting Russian leader Putin

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying criticized Western media for describing Russia's push into Ukraine as an invasion.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Scores of world leaders are blasting Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but China has so far shied away from making its position clear on the conflict which it cautiously described only as a "special military operation."

President Xi Jinping has yet to issue a statement as China's foreign ministry called for both sides to exercise restraint "to prevent the situation from getting out of control."

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