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China Urges Restraint in Ukraine, Avoids Comment on Crimea Vote

A top Chinese diplomat repeated Beijing's call for calm and restraint in Ukraine on Monday but ducked comment on the referendum in Crimea after the region's Moscow-backed leaders declared 96 percent of voters were in favor of joining Russia.        Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, speaking to reporters ahead of a visit to Europe by President Xi Jinping later this month, said that a political settlement was the only way to resolve the Ukraine...

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