May 02, 2023:
Clearing House -- "Xinhua
" -- Chinese President Xi Jinping
on Wednesday held phone talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.
During their conversation, Xi reiterated China's core position on promoting
peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, and announced that Beijing will send a
special representative on Eurasian affairs to visit Ukraine and other countries
to conduct in-depth communication with all parties on the political settlement
of the crisis.
The phone call provides a further illustration of China's willingness to
mediate in the prolonged crisis besetting the world for more than one year, and
of the responsible role China plays in promoting world peace and stability.
China's commitment to helping achieve the political settlement of the Ukraine
crisis reminds the headline-grabbing rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran
not long ago, which was also a result of China's selfless diplomatic work.
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Persuading Russia and Ukraine to sit down at the negotiating table is indeed a
much harder task. Fortunately, voices for peace and rationality are building.
More people are waking up to the fact that a protracted crisis to some extent is
detrimental to everyone in the world, and dialogue is the sole viable way out.
Those who refuse to endorse peace and add fuel to the fire are possessed by
their mindset of bloc confrontation or care only about selfish gains from the
As a responsible member of the international community, China has been making
efforts to ease tensions and promote peace talks since the start of the crisis.
In February 2023, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a paper stating
Beijing's position on the Ukraine crisis, putting forward a 12-point proposal to
end the conflict by addressing both the symptoms and the root causes of the
crisis, and reiterating the necessity to end the conflict through dialogue and
During a state visit to Russia a month later, Xi had an in-depth exchange of
views on the Ukraine issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, pledging that
China would continue to play a constructive role in promoting the political
settlement of the crisis.
Contrary to some countries treating the crisis in a biased and partial way,
China has been nudging the two sides into the restoration of peace by upholding
balanced and impartial stance.
On the Ukrainian side, while pledging to send a special envoy during the
phone talks between Xi and Zelensky, China also vowed to keep providing help for
In response, the Ukrainian president thanked China for providing humanitarian
assistance and welcomed China's important role in restoring peace and seeking
diplomatic solution to the crisis.
China and Russia have blazed a path of major-country relations featuring
strategic trust and good neighborliness. Meanwhile, China-Ukraine relations have
gone through 31 years of development and reached the level of strategic
Moreover, China is not the creator of the crisis, nor a party directly
concerned. That gives Beijing the diplomatic room and qualification to give a
full ear to the demands and concerns of both Russia and Ukraine and play a
responsible role in the settlement of the crisis.
As for all other parties who truly expect an early end to the crisis and
restoration of peace, they should join China's efforts and build up favorable
conditions for the political settlement of the crisis.