Communist China’s President Xi Jinping is expected to speak via video-conference call with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky next week, when the former meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, reported the Wall Street Journal.
The last time Xi spoke with Zelensky was prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. On Feb. 24, 2023, China released a 12-point plan to bring an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
“A direct conversation with Mr. Zelensky, if it happens, would mark a significant step in Beijing’s efforts to play peacemaker in Ukraine, which have so far been met with skepticism in Europe,” reported The Journal. “It would also bolster Beijing’s credentials as a global power broker after it facilitated a surprise diplomatic breakthrough between Saudi Arabia and Iran last week.”
“The new surge of diplomacy reflects a conviction on the part of Mr. Xi and the Communist Party that China can offer an alternative to the U.S.-led model of international relations by relying on commercial ties rather than military might to sway the decisions of other countries,” said the news outlet.
The Biden White House reportedly has encouraged Xi to speak with Zelensky, saying it would be good to hear the Ukrainian side of the issue directly and not just from Russia’s perspective.
Concerning the Chinese peace proposal, Russia’s presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “Any attempts to develop plans that will help transfer the conflict to a peaceful course deserve attention. We treat the plan of our Chinese friends with such great attention…. This is a very lengthy and stressful process.”
According to the BBC, Ukraine’s Zelensky would like to meet with Xi to discuss the peace proposal.
As the fighting continues in Ukraine, U.S. Army Col. Douglas MacGregor (ret.), former senior adviser to the Acting Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration, spoke very bluntly about the situation on Tucker Carlson Tonight, March 15.
“Well, the Ukrainians are being crushed,” said Macgregor, who fought in the Gulf war and the Kosovo war. “Even The Washington Post and The New York Times are now finally beginning to print the truth. Their casualties are horrific.”
“We have effectively seen the Russians destroy three separate armies built by the Ukrainians,” said the colonel. “And everyone is beginning to wonder what’s really happening.”
“The truth is coming out that this war was not started by Russia,” said Macgregor. “That Russia begged us not to try and drag Ukraine into NATO. We ignored Russia. And Russia made it very clear that they were going to defend their national interest. All they wanted was neutrality for Ukraine.”
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