Conflicts & War

Europe praises China’s role in Ukraine peace talks, says Beijing

Beijing, May 29 (EFE).- China Monday said Europe had acknowledged its contributions to fostering peace and resolving the Ukrainian conflict.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told reporters that special peace envoy Li Hui visited Ukraine, Poland, France, Germany, EU headquarters, and Russia from May 15 to 26.

Mao said Li had extensive contacts and exchanges with all parties on the political resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, elaborated on China’s position, listened to the opinions and suggestions of all parties, and gathered more international consensus.

“The envoy Li Hui made known China’s position and suggestions to unblock the crisis in Ukraine during his tour of Europe. All parties spoke highly of the visit,” Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a press conference today.

She said all parties attached great importance to Li’s visit and “fully recognize China’s active role in promoting peace talks.”

“They appreciate China’s call for respect for sovereign territorial integrity and adherence to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, and look forward to China’s continued constructive influence.”

Mao pointed out that the current crisis in Ukraine was still at a critical juncture.

“Next, China will continue to implement the ‘four shoulds’, ‘four commons’ and ‘three points of thinking’ proposed by President Xi Jinping.”

She said China wanted to strengthen dialogue and exchanges between all parties, build consensus and mutual trust, and promote the political settlement of the crisis in Ukraine.

Mao said “no country” indicated that Li proposed, as The Wall Street Journal recently stated, that Russia keeps the Ukrainian territories that its forces occupied and annexed in September 2022.

On May 18 in Kyiv, the Chinese envoy insisted that “all parties have to create the conditions to end the war” and “begin peace talks.”

The Ukrainian government told Li that Kyiv would not accept a peace plan that involved the loss of territory.

Beijing presented a detailed 12-point peace plan on February 24, which was met with skepticism by Ukraine and its Western allies.

At the end of April and for the first time since the start of the war, Xi had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Xi told Zelenskyy that he would not watch the conflict from a distance hoping to take advantage or add “more fuel to the fire.” EFE


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