by Zhao Ziwen and Finbarr Bermingham at scmp.com
He repeated Beijing’s long-standing position that it supported Kyiv and Moscow in “strengthening exchanges and resuming negotiations”.
This week, the bloc’s 27 member states will be asked to approve the listing of three mainland Chinese entities, along with another based in Hong Kong, as part of its 13th package of sanctions on Russia, almost two years into the war, according to diplomatic sources.
Bloomberg reported that most of the two dozen companies on the proposed list are technology and electronics companies accused of “contributing to Russia’s military and technological enhancement or to the development of Russia’s defence and security sector”.
The four companies were named as mainland China-based Guangzhou Ausay Technology Co Limited, Shenzhen Biguang Trading Co Limited, Yilufa Electronics Limited, and the Hong Kong-based RG Solutions Limited in a report by Washington-backed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
It would mark the first time Chinese companies have been officially listed, although Brussels has considered targeting entities from the country before.