The Biden administration is growing concerned that China might be able to broker a peace deal in Ukraine after scoring a major diplomatic victory earlier this month with the Saudi Arabia-Iran truce.
Chinese President Xi Jinping went to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. It was the Chinese leader’s first visit to Russia since the start of the Ukraine War, but Xi met with Putin in Uzbekistan in September.
Last month, China announced a peace plan to end the Ukraine conflict based on an immediate ceasefire, which was outright rejected by Western countries as fraudulent and nothing more than an effort to buy Russia time to reload and reinvade. President Joe Biden told reporters that he heard there were elements about the deal that Putin liked, so he said the deal cannot be any good. (See “CHINA’S CEASEFIRE PITCH IN UKRAINE DENOUNCED BY THE WEST AS PRO-RUSSIAN SABOTAGE,” 28 Feb 2023.)
John Kirby, the National Security Council mouthpiece said in an interview that Washington is troubled by China’s recent outreach to Russia and close relationship, and said there is good reason to believe that any truce in Ukraine would be one-sided. Xi has called Putin his “best friend.”
“A cease-fire now is, again, effectively the ratification of Russian conquest,” Kirby said Friday. He said Russian forces would have a chance to rearm during any cease-fire and noted that China said it would recognize territorial gains by Russia.
“It’s got to end in a just way in a way that respects Ukrainian prerogatives and fully respects Ukrainian sovereignty,” Kirby said. “Quite frankly, [Ukraine] is still fighting for their sovereignty and we’re going to continue to help them do that.”
The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed foreign-affairs analysts and former U.S. officials, reported that the White House is acting strategically to damage any chances that the China deal is approved.
Kirby said a cease-fire would be “effectively the ratification of Russian conquest and would, in effect, recognize Russia’s gains and its attempt to conquer its neighbor’s territory by force.”
“A ceasefire at this time—while that may sound good—we do not believe would have that effect,” he said.
China’s 12-point peace plan states that conflict and war continuing in Ukraine will “benefit no one.”
“All parties must stay rational and exercise restraint, avoid fanning the flames and aggravating tensions, and prevent the crisis from deteriorating further or even spiraling out of control,” the peace plan read.
TRENDPOST: Peace is prohibited in the United States, a warmongering nation that has killed tens of millions since the end of World War II in their murderous wars they launched against sovereign nations that were of no threat to America.
Those providing a full perspective as to why the Ukraine War was launched by Russia and/or calls for peace and no foreign entanglements, are banned by the Western mainstream media which is nothing more than a mouthpiece for ruling governments.
TRENDPOST: Xi may have a video conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky after his meeting with Putin, but no meeting has been confirmed as of press time.
China is coming off a major diplomatic score when it announced a truce deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, regional rivals.
Beijing has said the Ukraine War could have been avoided if NATO stopped moving closer to Russia’s border, which was seen as a red line by Russia. Zhang Jun, China’s ambassador to the UN, said countries should pursue the cause of “common good.”
“Only when all countries pursue the cause of the common good, live in harmony, and engage in cooperation, will there be a bright future for humankind. There is the need to respect each other’s legitimate security concerns, rather than bloc politics or exclusive small circles,” Jun said.
Critics of China’s relationship with Russia say Beijing is intent on making Moscow its junior partner and noted that the two countries have not always had a warm relationship, namely the territorial land grabs by 19th-century tsars that are still a sensitive subject in China.