Cease fire in Ukraine, with simultaneous maintenance from Moscow of the annexed territories, Beijing is proposing according to the Wall Street Journal, with the West not accepting this controversial proposal.

The message was delivered by the Chinese government’s special envoy for Eurasian affairs Li Hui, who was sent by Beijing to Europe to promote the Chinese peace plan for Ukraine. In fact, according to Western officials with knowledge of the talks in the capitals of the continent where the Chinese official was in the previous days, the US allies in Europe should to assert their autonomy from Washington and urge an immediate cease-fire, leaving Russia in possession of the parts of Ukraine it now holds.

The Wall Street Journal reports that China’s top diplomat, who visited Kiev, Warsaw, Berlin, Paris and Brussels, attempted to woo European governments, urging them to see China as an economic alternative to Washington.

Lee argued that they should move quickly to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine “before it spreads.” He traveled to Moscow on Friday, where he is wrapping up his European tour.

Li Hui

Reacting, the officials said while it was “too early to dismiss Beijing’s efforts”, they nevertheless questioned China’s ability to act. as an honest mediator in any negotiations, given how closely aligned it is with Moscow. The officials also clarified that they do not believe that peace will be possible if the Russian troops are not withdrawn from Ukraine.

“We explained that it is not in the interest of the international community to freeze the conflict unless there is a withdrawal of Russian troops,” said a diplomat who spoke to Lee. The diplomat clarified that the Chinese envoy was told that “it is impossible to separate Europe from America” ​​and that Europe will not withdraw its support from Ukraine.

“They’re probably trying the unity of the West and trying to show that they are taking initiatives,” another diplomat told the WSJ.

In Berlin, the German government asked the Chinese diplomat to pressure Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.

What does Beijing say?

“The Chinese authorities are actively promoting the process of restoring peace in Ukraine and supporting the strategic independence of European countries,” said Chinese envoy Li Hui.

“China has always maintained an impartial attitude on the Ukrainian issue and is actively promoting the restoration of peace and the promotion of peace talks,” Li said at a meeting with European leaders in Brussels on Friday on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website. China supports strategic independence of European countries. We are making efforts for the sake of long-term stability in Europe.”

The special representative said Beijing and EU countries have “many similarities in their positions” on Ukraine. He reminded that this year marks 20 years since the upgrading of China-EU relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

“China is ready to join forces with the European side in order to implement the important consensus reached between the Chinese and European leadership,” he stressed.

According to Li, China is seeking to ensure stability in Sino-European relations, and therefore “deal with the uncertain situation in the international arena”.


Russian Foreign Ministry

Lavrov: “Serious obstacles” to the search for a peaceful resolution in Ukraine

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov he explained today Friday that he sees “serious obstacles” in seeking a peaceful resolution in Ukraine, blaming Kiev and the West, welcoming Chinese envoy Li Hui to Moscow.

During their meeting, “the Russian Foreign Minister confirmed Moscow’s commitment to a political-diplomatic resolution of the conflict, underlining the serious obstacles that Ukraine and its Western supporters are creating for the resumption of peace talks,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement .

“Sergei Lavrov expressed his gratitude to China for its balanced position towards the Ukrainian crisis and expressed great appreciation for Beijing’s willingness to play a positive role in the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis,” the statement added.

Li Hui, China’s special envoy for Eurasian Affairs, who previously served as China’s ambassador to Moscow, has been touring European countries for a week. According to Beijing, the Chinese envoy is mandated to discuss a “political settlement” of the Ukraine-Russia war during his tour. He visited Kiev, went to Poland and traveled to France and Germany.

Kyiv does not accept territorial concessions

During his visit to Kyiv, Hui held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. During their discussion, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy insisted on “respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

Russia and China maintain close relations that have strengthened economically and diplomatically since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and the rain of Western sanctions hitting the Russian economy.

Beijing has never publicly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Moscow in March, lending strong support to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.