Britain is confident China wants Ukraine conflict resolved - defence secretary

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the notion that China could supply arms to support Russia's invasion of Ukraine would not help resolve the conflict, an outcome he was confident China wanted.

"It can't help the peace if China effectively supplies the one nation that has broken the international law on the sovereignty of Ukraine and been inflicting war crimes," Wallace told Sky News on Friday when asked about reports China could supply weapons to Russia.

"But I'm also confident that China is pretty clear that it wants this (war) to stop," he added.

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman, writing by Paul Sandle; Editing by Kate Holton)