As the war in Ukraine continues, the international community is desperately trying to find a way to facilitate peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. The two sides have held three rounds of talks so far, but no long-term results have come out of these negotiations so far.
Many countries have repeatedly looked to China to help facilitate more meaningful negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, but Beijing hasn’t offered any clear signal about whether it is willing to get more involved in the unfolding crisis in Ukraine or not.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo last week, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he was in favour of China mediating the peace talks.
“There is no alternative,” he said. “We can’t be the mediators, that is clear… And it cannot be the US either. Who else? It has to be China.”
Then on Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on both sides to settle disputes by peaceful means, through dialogue and negotiation, and “respect and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.”
He also described Russia as China’s “most important strategic partner” while refusing to condemn Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine despite growing international pressure.
“No matter how perilous the international landscape, we will maintain our strategic focus and promote the development of a comprehensive China-Russia partnership in the new era,” Wang said during a press conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamp parliament. – By: Deutsche Welle