Xi sending peace envoy to Ukraine, says negotiation only way to end war
Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday and informed him that a Chinese peace envoy will soon be dispatched to Kiev to encourage peace negotiations to end the war. | AP photos

China’s President Xi Jinping told his Ukrainian counterpart President Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call Wednesday that his government will send a peace envoy to Ukraine, Chinese media reported.

This came two months after Beijing put forward a 12-point plan to provide a framework for bringing an end to the fighting between Russia and Ukraine and to provide the basis for peace.

Zelensky said that he had “a long and meaningful phone call” with Xi. His press officer, Serhii Nykyforov, said that the two presidents spoke for nearly an hour.

“I believe that this call, as well as the appointment of Ukraine’s ambassador to China, will give a powerful impetus to the development of our bilateral relations,” Zelensky said in a Facebook post.

China Central Television reported that Beijing intends to send an envoy to Kiev to discuss “a political settlement” for the conflict. There has been no indication yet whether the Chinese envoy would also visit Russia.

“China will send a special representative of the Chinese government on Eurasian affairs to Ukraine and other countries to conduct in-depth communication with all parties on the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis,” the statement said.

China has maintained a neutral stance in the conflict and has refused to directly criticize Moscow’s invasion, though it has said respect for national sovereignty is paramount in achieving peace.

The Chinese peace proposal released in February included a call for a ceasefire and peace talks as well as an end to the “Cold War mentality.”

Xi is reported as saying to Zelensky that “negotiation is the only viable way out.”

The news report said: “All parties concerned should remain calm and restrained in dealing with the nuclear issue and truly look at the future and destiny of themselves and humanity as a whole and work together to manage the crisis.

“There is no winner in a nuclear war.”

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Roger McKenzie
Roger McKenzie

Roger McKenzie is the International Editor of Morning Star, Britain’s daily socialist newspaper. He is the author of the book "African Uhuru: The Fight for African Freedom in the Rise of the Global South" published by Manifesto Press.