The delegation will be led by Li Huai, special representative for the Eurasian region and former Chinese ambassador to Moscow. He will be the highest Chinese official to visit Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion, The South China Morning Post wrote.
“China is firmly on the side of peace,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, said on Friday.
According to him, the crisis in Ukraine “continues and escalates” and Beijing is “willing to continue to play a constructive role in creating an international consensus on a ceasefire (…) and the start of peace talks”, he added.
Zelensky and Xi Jinping finally spoke on the phone
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the dispatch of a Chinese diplomat to Ukraine at the end of April after his phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
Washington Post: The US is considering cooperation
China is an ally of Russia, also because of the rivalry between the two countries vis-à-vis the US. Beijing and Moscow continue to trade briskly, but at the same time China maintains that it is not arming Russia.
In February, Beijing presented its proposal for a political settlement of the crisis in Ukraine. In it, he emphasized the need to adhere to both the international principle of territorial integrity and sovereignty, which Kyiv underlines, and the principle of international law on the indivisibility of security, which Moscow argues.
The Russians interpret the Chinese plan in their own way, they would keep a piece of Ukraine
The war in Ukraine
Although Zelenskyi expressed his willingness to act on China’s plan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in an immediate reaction, warned that the world “should not be fooled” by the Chinese initiative, which will only freeze the conflict and benefit Russia.
Recently, however, the administration of President Joe Biden appears to be softening its uncompromising stance. According to The Washington Post, the White House is now considering whether to cooperate with China to end the fighting in Ukraine after all.
Sullivan and Wang negotiated for eight hours in Vienna
Biden’s security adviser Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat Wang I held talks in Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday. According to the White House, the discussion was “open, substantive and constructive” and covered the war in Ukraine in addition to mutual relations.
“The meeting was part of an ongoing effort to keep communication channels open and manage (mutual) competition responsibly,” the US said.
Sullivan and Wang held talks for a total of eight hours, according to diplomatic sources. “The two sides exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and Ukraine,” the Chinese news agency New China added.
End of sanctions, ceasefire and start of negotiations. This is China’s plan to end the war
At the UN, China supported a resolution labeling Russia as an aggressor
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