Xi remains tight-lipped about Ukraine

There was little update on China’s 12-point proposed peace plan for Ukraine that Xi outlined last month, with Ukraine itself barely mentioned during the joint press conference between the leaders.


Instead, Putin and Xi focused on familiar accusations of overreach by NATO into the East, saying that US hegemony undermines global stability. The criticism had parallels to Putin’s comments about the yuan, namely that Russia and China will do everything they can to prevent a unipolar world order, both geopolitically and economically.

Putin did mention China’s peace plan, saying that the West’s dismissal of it showed NATO isn’t serious about finding a peaceful resolution to the war.


“We believe that many of the provisions of the peace plan put forward by China are consonant with Russian approaches and can be taken as the basis for a peaceful settlement when they are ready for that in the West and in Kyiv,” Putin said. However, so far we see no such readiness from their side,” 

Xi didn’t say anything specific in response to Putin’s endorsement. When asked directly about the conflict, Xi said that China remains“impartial.”


Meanwhile, Ukraine has welcomed Chinese involvement in the peace process, with president Volodymyr Zeleksnyy recently saying he looks forward to a potential meeting with Xi.

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