In the course of its active neutrality policy, Austria will continue to support all efforts towards such a neutrality, stressed Nehammer. Austria is militarily neutral, but has a clear stance on violations of international law, such as the Russian war of aggression, which is to be condemned. In addition, Austria is providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
The Federal Chancellor further declared: “At the same time we condemn the Russian war of aggression in the strongest possible terms. As long as Ukrainians are dying in combat, sanctions will remain in place and will continue to be tightened.”
In the course of the Ukraine war, China has taken a cautious position towards Moscow. Beijing abstained from votes on resolutions directed against Moscow at the UN, and it also rejected an unequivocal condemnation of Russia. The Chinese government, which also blames the USA for the conflict, cannot solve the “Ukraine crisis” with sanctions.
Another main topic of the first phone call between Nehammer and Li was deepening bilateral ties under the “Strategic Friendly Partnership” established since 2018. With a trade volume of around 18 billion euros, China is Austria’s most important trading partner in Asia.
Last year, Austria and China also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Austria also stressed the importance of strengthening effective multilateralism, a rules-based world order and respect for human rights. Another topic was the joint fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.