Scholz Meets Xi in China, Urges Pressure on Russia Over Ukraine War

German Chancellor Scholz met China's Xi, urging him to use influence on Russia to end Ukraine war. China proposed a peace conference in Switzerland, but said Russia's participation is crucial for any settlement.

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Scholz Meets Xi in China, Urges Pressure on Russia Over Ukraine War

Scholz Meets Xi in China, Urges Pressure on Russia Over Ukraine War

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang during a three-day visit to China, Germany's biggest trading partner. Scholz praised the "calm and honest talks" they had on bilateral relations, as well as discussions on the Russia-Ukraine war. He reiterated the importance of continued support for Ukraine and diplomatic efforts to end the war.

Scholz said he urged Xi to use his influence over Russia to stop the war in Ukraine, and both leaders rejected attacks on nuclear facilities. Xi agreed to back a peace conference in Switzerland, which is scheduled for June without Russia's participation. However, China stated that "a lot of work" would need to be done before the conference could take place, and that any conflict must eventually be resolved through diplomatic channels and political negotiations.

Why this matters: The meeting between Scholz and Xi highlights the ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the Russia-Ukraine war and the role that China could play in pressuring Russia to halt its invasion. The proposed peace conference in Switzerland, even without Russia's participation, represents a significant step towards finding a resolution to the conflict .

Despite China's claims of neutrality, analysts say that Xi's claims to be a peacemaker are a charade and that China is actually increasing support for Russia's military, including providing equipment and technologies. Scholz is the latest Western leader to try to persuade Xi to use his influence with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the Ukraine invasion, but China showed no signs of changing its position, reiterating claims that the West was to blame for the war by arming Ukraine .

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Scholz for his diplomatic efforts in China , saying China could play a role in securing peace. Zelenskyy said the Switzerland summit "offers a real chance for all of us to ensure that the U.N. Charter and its goals and principles truly come into effect." A senior Chinese envoy has met with officials in both Moscow and Kyiv, but said it was impossible to discuss a Ukraine settlement without Russia's participation.

Key Takeaways

  • Scholz met with Xi to discuss ending Russia-Ukraine war, urged China's influence on Russia.
  • Xi agreed to back a peace conference in Switzerland without Russia's participation.
  • China claims neutrality but is accused of increasing support for Russia's military.
  • Zelenskyy thanked Scholz, said China could play a role in securing peace.
  • China says Ukraine settlement impossible without Russia's participation.