China called on embassies in Beijing to remove signs of support for Ukraine
China appealed to foreign embassies and international organizations based in Beijing with a request not to use the external walls of their buildings for “political propaganda”, apparently referring to signs of support for Ukraine. The Japanese agency Kyodo writes about this with reference to sources.
Kyodo notes that many embassies in Beijing have hung pictures with the Ukrainian flag and inscriptions in Chinese and English to demonstrate their solidarity with Ukraine.
The notification of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China on May 10 contains an appeal not to use the external walls of the building for propaganda and “to avoid the emergence of conflicts between states.” The document also states that embassies and international organizations are “obliged to comply with Chinese laws and regulations”, although Beijing respects diplomatic immunity in accordance with the Vienna Convention.
As the agency writes, this step caused a negative reaction from diplomats from Europe and other regions, and none of them removed the signs. One of Kyodo’s interlocutors, a European diplomat, criticized China’s position, saying that there are no reasonable grounds to prevent the state from expressing its intentions and that they will not comply with this order.