Chinese President Xi Jinping stands in front of a Chinese flag as he welcomes guests for the official lunch during his visit at the German President's resident Bellevue palace in Berlin, GermanyFriday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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President Xi Jinping said on Friday China would not take sides with the West or Russia over Ukraine, disappointing any hopes Beijing might add its weight to international pressure on Moscow for annexing Crimea.China has adopted a cautious response to the Ukraine crisis, not wanting to alienate its ally Russia or make comment directly on a referendum in which Crimea voted to join Russia, lest it set a precedent for restive regions of its own such as Tibet.In an U.N. Security Council vote earlier this month on a draft resolution to condemn the Moscow-backed referendum in Crimea, China's abstention effectively isolated Russia.China has also said it wants to develop "friendly cooperation" with Ukraine.
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