While it has traditionally avoided interfering in other countries’ conflicts, China is working to get Russia and Ukraine to the negotiating table.
Can China broker peace between Russia and Ukraine?
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to soon visit Russia’s Vladimir Putin and, according to media, hold a virtual meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy weeks after China proposed a 12-point plan for peace in Ukraine.
China’s foreign ministry has said it is in communication with both sides and, while it has not confirmed Xi’s plan for talks with either Putin or Zelenskiy, there is speculation China might try to get the rivals to the negotiating table.
Following are some of the issues China and others are likely to be taking into account as it considers prospects for peace in Ukraine.
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