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Beijing has refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying it won’t rush to conclusions and instead accused the United States of inflaming the possibility of war in the region. During a tense press briefing on Feb. 24 that ran on for over 90 minutes, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying skirted half a dozen questions on whether Beijing would consider Russia’s assault on Ukraine an invasion. She reiterated Beijing’s call for “all sides to exercise restraint and prevent the situation from getting out of control.” While the “current state of affairs is not what we would hope to see,” the parties concerned should “give peace a chance” and ease the tension through conflicts, she said. Hua said that China is not directly involved in the conflict and has been acting responsibly by urging de-escalation. “Why are you obsessed with China’s condemnation?” she asked a reporter at one point, and …