Putin Teeters as Xi Moves to Broker Ukraine Ceasefire

High-Stakes Diplomacy Unfolds Amidst Global Tensions

by Zain ul Abedin
Putin Teeters as Xi Moves to Broker Ukraine Ceasefire
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Amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, China's role has become increasingly scrutinized. Michael Binyon, a seasoned former correspondent for The Times, suggests that China, led by President Xi Jinping, is poised to assert pressure on Russia to initiate a ceasefire.

Since the invasion's onset in February 2022, China has maintained a careful stance, offering Russia tentative support but growing visibly discontent with the war's progression. According to Binyon, the Chinese leadership, including Xi and his Communist Party allies, has expressed dissatisfaction with Russia for precipitating the conflict.

In a recent discussion on Times Radio, Binyon emphasized that China's strategic interest might lean towards mediating peace, stating, "The aim is to force Russia into some ceasefire. That pressure may come from China as well, they would like Russia to stop all of this." The complexity of Sino-Russian relations has deepened as China continues to extend political and material support to Moscow, simultaneously signaling its capability and willingness to mediate a cessation of hostilities.

This dual approach underscores Beijing's delicate balance between supporting an ally and advocating for regional stability.

Blinken-Xi Diplomatic Talks

During a significant diplomatic encounter, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with President Xi, where discussions underscored the nuanced dynamics between the U.S.

and China. Xi emphasized the importance of sincerity and mutual assistance, highlighting areas of positive progress and acknowledging persistent challenges in bilateral relations. Concurrently, Blinken urged China to curtail its materials supply to Russia that could be repurposed for military use, specifically in missile production.

The dialogue between the U.S. and China occurs against mounting international concern over the war's prolonged impact. Binyon further speculated on the possible outcomes of the conflict, suggesting that Ukraine might have to concede some territories to achieve peace.

He reflected on the genesis of the conflict, pointing to local grievances in Eastern Ukraine as a catalyst, exacerbated by Moscow's interference. As global leaders navigate these turbulent waters, the stakes remain high. With the U.S.

elections on the horizon, the geopolitical landscape could shift dramatically, influencing Russia's strategic decisions. Meanwhile, China's potential role as a mediator highlights its growing influence on the world stage and its vested interest in restoring peace and order in Eastern Europe.