July 20
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China on Tuesday urged NATO to "stop shifting blame" over the Ukraine war after the Western military alliance's chief accused Beijing of worsening the conflict through support of Russia, reports AFP.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday called for China to face consequences for what US officials have called a major export push to rebuild Russia's defense industry.

On Tuesday Beijing said NATO "should engage in self-reflection rather than arbitrary smears and attacks on China".

"We advise [NATO] to stop shifting blame and sowing discord, not add fuel to the fire and instigate confrontation, but rather do something practical for the political settlement of the crisis," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lin Jian said at a regular press briefing.

China and Russia's strategic partnership has only grown closer since the invasion of Ukraine, but Beijing has rebuffed Western claims that it is aiding Moscow.

And G7 foreign ministers last week expressed "strong concern" about transfers of dual use materials and weapons components from Chinese businesses to Russia being used by Moscow.

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