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China says it will send peace envoy to Ukraine. 2 hrs ago
Chinese leader Xi Jinping told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a phone call on Wednesday that his government will send a peace envoy to Ukraine and other nations, state media said, after Beijing said it wants to act as mediator in Russia's war with the country. A government statement reported by state TV gave no indication whether the Chinese envoy would visit Russia.

"China will send a special representative of the Chinese government on Eurasian affairs to Ukraine and other countries to conduct in-depth communication with all parties on the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis," the statement said.

China, Ukraine leaders speak for first time since war began. 19 min ago
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* said he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had a "long and meaningful" phone conversation Wednesday, their first known contact since Russia invaded Ukraine more than a year ago. The phone call lasted nearly an hour and was a significant development that came two months after Beijing, which has long been aligned with Russia, said it wanted to act as a mediator in the war against Ukraine [FALSE] and after Xi visited Moscow last month.

Zelensk* was upbeat about the phone call, which offered him the chance to try to drive a wedge between Moscow and its key ally Beijing. Russian President Vladimir Putin is eager to keep Xi close as a counterweight to the United States, which has sided with Ukraine.

"I believe that this call, as well as the appointment of Ukraine's ambassador to China, will give a powerful impetus to the development of our bilateral relations," Zelensk* said in a Facebook post without elaborating. His office said more details of what was said would be published later in the day.
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The White House said it did not have advance notice about the call but described it as a positive development, allowing Xi to hear Ukraine's view of the "illegal, unprovoked invasion."

"We think that's a good thing," White House National Security Council spokesman John KIRBY said.

China tries to act as mediator in Russia's war with Ukraine. 5 min ago
Xi told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* in a phone call that a Chinese envoy would visit Ukraine and "other countries" to discuss a possible political settlement, according to a government statement reported by state TV. It made no mention of Russia or last year's invasion of Ukraine. It also gave no indication of whether the Chinese envoy might visit Moscow. The Xi-Zelensk* phone call was long anticipated after Beijing said it wanted to be a mediator in the war.
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 03:25:27 PM EST
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One never knows beforehand until you do open the Chinese fortune cookie ...

China also calls on assurances for security of Russia ... expansion of NATO has gone too far and threatens the Russia Federation. Back to square one of December 2021.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 04:26:11 PM EST
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400 years of "humiliation" ended with independence and gaping partitions.
by Cat on Wed Apr 26th, 2023 at 06:10:35 PM EST
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