US Secretary of State Blinken found “positive elements” in China’s peace plan for Ukraine. However, he doubts that Beijing is seriously interested in a diplomatic solution to the conflict. China had previously released its 12-point peace plan for Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Chinese plan to resolve the Ukraine conflict contained “positive elements,” the newspaper reported Le Monde. He explained:
“There are some positive elements there, including things that, as China itself has said on numerous occasions in the past, are very similar to Ukraine’s own proposals.”
At the same time, Blinken said, Beijing could focus on restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty if it took diplomacy “really seriously.” US President Joe Biden, for his part, described the Chinese proposals as beneficial only to Russia. He said:
“I haven’t seen anything in the plan to suggest anything would be beneficial to anyone other than Russia by following the Chinese plan.”
China releases 12-point plan to end war in Ukraine
China unveiled its 12-point peace plan on the anniversary of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. The country’s proposals included respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, abandoning the Cold War mentality, ending hostilities, resuming negotiations and abandoning sanctions.
Kiev and the EU were also skeptical about Beijing’s proposals. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky did not see them as a peace plan, but merely as considerations. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, took the view that China equated “aggressor and victim”.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called noteworthy any attempt to “put forward a plan that would help turn the conflict into a peaceful one.” The Kremlin intends to carefully analyze the Chinese proposals, taking into account “the interests of the various parties”, but this will be “a very long, intensive process”.
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