BEIJING, 15 Mar – RIA Novosti. China calls not to politicize the historically established business relations of Chinese companies with Crimea, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday.
Earlier, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Opposition Platform – For Life faction Vadim Rabinovich commented on the visit of the Chinese delegation to Crimea and called it on Facebook a response to Ukraine's actions in the situation with the Motor Sich plant. According to him, “China maintained a neutral position on Crimea for a long time,” but suddenly “changed his mind” and sent a representative commission there, headed by members of the Beijing Export-Import Commission, “to establish partnerships.”
“Our position on Crimea is consistent. We hope that the parties involved will rationally resolve this issue. Some Chinese companies, due to historical circumstances and practical necessity, on the basis of the market principle, maintain cooperation and contacts with Crimea. Business activity should not be politicized,” he said. at a briefing by Zhao Lijian on a request to comment on Rabinovich's words.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier put into effect the NSDC decision to impose sanctions against the shareholders of Motor Sich for three years. In particular, the sanctions affected four Chinese companies and one Chinese citizen. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, commenting on the imposition of sanctions by Kiev, said that China hopes for Ukraine to ensure the legitimate interests and rights of Chinese companies. The Chinese company Beijing Skyrizon Aviation Industry Investment, which is a shareholder of Motor Sich, considers the sanctions to be unreasonable.
Earlier, the Ukrainian media reported that the DCH group of companies would develop Motor Sich together with the Chinese company Skyrizon Aircraft Holdings. Also, Beijing Xinwei Technology Group announced that its subsidiary Beijing Skyrizon and DCH jointly submitted an application to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine on August 4, 2020 to purchase Motor Sich shares. The Ukrainian court previously re-seized the shares of the enterprise. In August 2020, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine refused to consider the application of the DCH business group for the purchase of Motor Sich shares. The President of Ukraine instructed Prime Minister Denis Shmygal to take measures to protect the country's economic interests and assess the impact on them of the sale of shares in strategic enterprises, in particular Motor Sich.
Motor Sich is an enterprise in Zaporozhye that develops, manufactures, repairs and services aircraft gas turbine engines for airplanes and helicopters, as well as industrial gas turbine units. Motor Sich products are used on airplanes and helicopters in 120 countries.