CCP opposes Trump’s “arbitrary use or threat of sanction on Iraq”

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At Chinese Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s regular press conference on Jan. 6th, 2020, he commented on US reaction to the the pass of Iraq parliament’s resolution.

Q: A follow-up question on Iraq and US situation. US President Trump on Sunday threatened to impose harsh sanctions on Iraq after the country’s parliament passed a resolution, urging the government to expel foreign troops from the country. “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever.” Trump tweeted. I wonder what the Chinese government thinks about it?

A: We saw the reports. In state-to-state relations, countries need to observe the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as the basic norms governing international relations. We oppose the arbitrary use or threat of sanction, not to mention the imposition of unilateral sanctions. Iraq’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity should be earnestly safeguarded. We hope relevant countries, certain non-regional major country in particular, will contribute to peace and stability instead of escalating tensions in the Middle East.

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