German Chancellor Discusses Ukraine Peace Efforts with China's Xi Jinping

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.16 - 2024 2:52 PM CET

Photo: DW News on YouTube
Photo: DW News on YouTube
At the meeting with Xi, Scholz asked China to promote peace in Ukraine.

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During his recent visit to China, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping, focusing on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The talks come amid rising concerns over China's position and influence in the crisis.

Scholz's Appeal for Peace

During the negotiations with the leader of China, Chancellor Scholz addressed the detrimental impact of Russia's war of aggression on the global order, as they violate the main principle of the UN Charter - the principle of the inviolability of national borders.

"I would like to discuss with you how we can make a greater contribution to achieving a just peace in Ukraine," Scholz stated, according to reports from DW and European Truth.

China's Position on the Ukraine Crisis

Following the leaders' meeting, statements were released indicating China's stance as neither a party nor a participant in the Ukrainian crisis.

According to Tagesschau reports, China asserts that it is "promoting peace negotiations in its own way."

Beijing has expressed its willingness to support an international peace conference planned in Switzerland, provided that both Russia and Ukraine are agreeable to participating.

International Diplomatic Efforts

The meeting comes amid a series of international dialogues concerning Ukraine, with Scholz's trip aimed at persuading Xi to use his influence over Russian President Vladimir Putin to help end the conflict.

This diplomatic mission follows U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s visit to China, where she engaged in what she described as "difficult conversations" about Ukraine and Chinese companies’ support for Russia.

Concerns have been raised by the United States regarding China’s role in the conflict, with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken informing EU and NATO colleagues about China's significant support to Russia through tools and technology.

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