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Chinese Plan to Bring Peace to Ukraine Shouldn’t Be Disregarded

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Chinese President Xi Jinping has shown a willingness to speak with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy after French President Emmanuel Macron encouraged Beijing to reason with Russia on the conflict in Ukraine.

Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the EU, and Macron met with Xi in Beijing for highly monitored discussions. In order to resolve the situation and stop "spiralling" tensions that could divide the world's superpowers into fighting blocs, Macron said the West must contact China.

Xi responded by saying he hoped Moscow and Kyiv could have peace talks as soon as possible, despite the fact that the West has accused him of favouring Russia despite China's efforts to position itself as a potential mediator in the crisis.

As Beijing mediated a deal for Iran and Saudi Arabia to re-establish relations after years of antagonism that had fuelled Persian Gulf fear, Beijing's standing as a major diplomatic player has been enhanced. A 12-point peace plan put up by China for the Ukraine conflict calls for both parties to consent to a gradual de-escalation that results in a comprehensive ceasefire.

The problem is that China has refused to denounce Russia for invading its sovereign neighbour, and the West has overwhelmingly rejected the plan. China has disputed allegations that it was considering providing weapons to Russia made by the US and NATO.

According to the French diplomatic source, Macron had pleaded with Xi to refrain from arming Russia, and Xi had responded that it was not his battle. Following the discussion, Xi urged Russia and Ukraine to settle their conflict via politics.

The 12-point proposal, however, has the promise to bring peace to Ukraine. According to the strategy, tensions would gradually decrease and eventually reach a complete peace. The proposal has received considerable interest from different parties, but the West has mainly rejected it because China will not denounce Russia for invading Ukraine.

The proposal from China advocates for a peaceful conclusion through negotiation and diplomacy and seeks to address the conflict's underlying roots. The strategy calls for a gradual easing of hostilities, beginning with a ceasefire and the removal of troops from the area of hostilities. Additionally, the proposal calls for the suspension of all military operations and the introduction of confidence-inspiring measures.

As it stands, the West has rejected the initiative, highlighting the intricate geopolitical factors at play in the area. China has also upheld its position against interfering in the domestic affairs of other nations and has largely avoided taking sides in the Ukraine conflict. This policy is supported by China's unwillingness to criticise Russia for its activities in Ukraine.

Notwithstanding the criticism from the West, the Chinese plan shouldn't be completely disregarded. China is a big participant on the international stage with enormous diplomatic and economic sway. The idea might serve as a starting point for more discussions and contribute to a peaceful resolution of the unnecessary humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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