torsdag 23. mars 2023

Despite Xi’s trip to Russia, dialogue between China and Ukraine is still possible

Hours after Xi Jinping wrapped up a state dinner hosted in a lavish 15th-century palace, where he extolled Beijing’s “positive role” in Vladimir Putin’s invasion, Russia sent a swarm of drones to Ukraine that killed seven people in a town south of Kyiv.

Commenting on the attack, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, wrote: “Every time someone tries to hear the word ‘peace’ in Moscow, another order is given there for such criminal strikes.” In his statement, Zelenskiy made no mention of the Chinese leader’s visit to the Russian capital – a telling omission which analysts say shines a light on his careful approach to China.

“Of course, Ukraine was closely watching the talks,” said Yurii Poita, an expert on China-Ukraine relations at the Kyiv-based New Geopolitics Research Network. “The very fact that Xi travelled to Moscow in a sign of support for Putin is not good news for Ukraine.”