China proposes political settlement to Russia-Ukraine war

China says it is neutral in the conflict and wants a ceasefire.

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China has released a document outlining its desire for a political settlement of the Russia-Ukraine war. It was issued after China’s top diplomat met the Russian president in Moscow at the one year anniversary of the start of the war.

In the document, China calls for an end to Western sanctions against Russia. It also wants a ceasefire between Kyiv and Moscow as part of its 12-point proposal to end the conflict.

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson says the country takes “an objective and just position on the Ukraine issue.” Wang Wenbin said the war has a complex historical context. He said China stands for peace and dialogue.

Meanwhile, the US State Department has criticized Beijing’s “diplomatic support” to Russia since the beginning of the war. Spokesman Ned Price said the fact that Yi didn’t make a symmetrical visit to Kyiv shows Beijing’s pro-Russia bias regarding the war.

For his part, Wenbin says China and Ukraine have “maintained smooth communication.”