China's Role in Resolving Ukrainian Conflict Highlighted by French Presidency
(MENAFN) A source within the French presidency has suggested that China's significant global influence and close relationship with Moscow make it potentially the only country capable of successfully brokering a peace deal in Ukraine. This comment was made ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron's upcoming visit to Beijing next week.
China has already established itself as a possible mediator in the Ukrainian conflict, with the ruling Communist Party releasing a twelve-point plan in February outlining its "Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis." Although often referred to as a "peace plan," the document does not offer a detailed roadmap for resolving the conflict, but rather highlights a set of guiding principles that Beijing believes should be followed in any future settlement.
The twelve-point plan includes concessions for both sides of the conflict, emphasizing the importance of respecting the sovereignty of all countries, which is a nod to Kiev's demand for the return of its pre-conflict borders. The plan also emphasizes that the legitimate security interests and concerns of all countries must be taken seriously, which is a reference to Moscow's opposition to further NATO expansion along its borders.
China's potential role in resolving the Ukrainian conflict is significant, given its status as a major global power and its close ties with Russia. The source within the French presidency suggests that China could have a "game-changer effect" on the conflict, potentially bringing both sides to the negotiating table and facilitating a lasting peace agreement. Macron's upcoming visit to Beijing may provide an opportunity to explore this possibility and discuss ways in which China could be involved in the peace process.
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