Chinese foreign minister says he hopes Ukraine war will stop as soon as possible

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives for the G20 leaders summit in Rome, Italy October 30, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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BEIJING, March 10 (Reuters) - China hopes the war in Ukraine can stop as soon as possible, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday, describing for the first time the situation in Ukraine as a "war".

"We hope to see fighting and the war stop as soon as possible," state broadcaster CCTV cited Wang as saying in a video conference call with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Wang called on all sides to calm down and to take more actions to prevent escalation in Ukraine, CCTV reported.

China has refrained from calling Russia's attack on Ukraine an "invasion" or to condemn it.

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Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Toby Chopra

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