The Chinese leader’s three-day trip to Moscow has ended, but its consequences are not yet clear.
Tired of the war in Ukraine, the world community may agree to China’s “peace plan”, which proposes to “freeze” the territorial seizures of Russia. This causes some concern in Washington, writes Bloomberg.
It is noted that the main leitmotif of China’s “peace initiatives” are calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the start of peace negotiations.
The United States and its allies believe that this will allow Vladimir Putin to “freeze” Russia’s territorial acquisitions.
Washington fears that Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s calls may appeal to those countries that are suffering from the global economic consequences of this war. For example, such large countries as India and Brazil still avoid making a choice between Russia and support for Ukraine.
At the same time, Moscow is trying to win African countries over to its side. China itself provides Russia with significant economic support.
His booming trade with Russia and purchases of fossil fuels have helped finance Putin’s war machine. Xi’s trip to Moscow this week only reinforced the two countries’ commitment to a “partnership without limits.”
It is noted that China may abandon attempts to establish normal relations with the United States and finally take the side of Russia.
“Xi, who recently received an unprecedented third term, appears to have decided that on the international stage, China must go its own way,” the article says.
Xi Jinping’s trip to Moscow
This week, Chinese leader Xi Jinping made a three-day visit to Moscow, which received the widest possible resonance around the world. Expectations from the visit were polar – from the conclusion of agreements on the supply of weapons to the Russian Federation to forcing Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine.
During the visit, only empty statements were made to the public, consisting of streamlined formulations. For example, Xi Jinping said that the authorities of most countries support the easing of tensions and are also in favor of peace talks. He pointed out that “conflicts are ultimately resolved through dialogue and negotiations.”
Moscow, in turn, said that they “like” the Chinese “peace plan” for Ukraine and that it could become “the basis for a peaceful settlement.”
In a similar vein, the leaders of Russia and China spoke about bilateral relations. The lack of specific agreements was considered by many analysts as a sign of the failure of the negotiations. Putin did not receive not only weapons, but even the expansion of trade. It is also noted that Xi Jinping, although he called for peace, did not express clear support for Russia in its war against Ukraine.