China’s Ukraine proposal in latest article published by President Xi reflects global unity

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20th March 2023 – (Beijing) President Xi Jinping has commented on Beijing’s proposal to solve the Ukraine crisis, stating that it reflects global views and seeks to neutralise consequences. In an article published on Monday, Xi acknowledged that the solutions are not easy, but called for “pragmatism” on Ukraine. The article was released ahead of his visit to Moscow, making him the first world leader to visit since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Xi’s 12-point paper, released last month, represents “as much as possible the unity of the world community’s views”. In the article published by the Russian government’s daily, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Xi wrote that “the document serves as a constructive factor in neutralising the consequences of the crisis and promoting a political settlement. Complex problems do not have simple solutions.” He further highlighted that a peaceful resolution to the situation in Ukraine would also “ensure the stability of global production and supply chains”.

The United States and NATO have recently accused China of considering supplying arms to Russia and warned Beijing against such a move. China has dismissed the accusations and publicly remained neutral in the Ukraine conflict. In his article, Xi reaffirmed China’s close ties with Moscow while criticising Western sanctions against Russia.

Xi called for a “rational way” out of the crisis and stated that a solution would be “found if everyone is guided by the concept of common, comprehensive, joint and sustainable security, and continue dialogue and consultations in an equal, prudent and pragmatic manner”. His trip to Russia is aimed at strengthening the friendship between the two countries, which he refers to as “an all-encompassing partnership and strategic interaction”. Xi also commented on the current state of the world, stating that it is threatened by “acts of hegemony, despotism and bullying”.

Xi also highlighted the need for global solidarity and peace without splits and upheavals, which he stated is in the common interests of all mankind. He wrote that “there is no universal model of government and there is no world order where the decisive word belongs to a single country.” In seeking to present China as a global peacemaker and a responsible great power, Xi’s views on the crisis in Ukraine reflect his vision for a world order based on cooperation and mutual respect.

Xi’s visit to Moscow, amid the current tensions between Russia and the West, highlights China’s desire to play a more active role in shaping the global order. As the world continues to face multiple challenges, Xi’s call for peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation remains a vital one.