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President of Ukraine had a phone call with the President of the People's Republic of China, 26 Apr
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone call with the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.

During a productive hour-long conversation, the heads of state discussed a full range of topical issues of bilateral relations. Special attention was paid to the ways of possible cooperation to establish a just and sustainable peace for Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy reaffirmed Ukraine's unwavering position on adherence to the "One China" policy and thanked the President of the People's Republic of China for China's support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The President expressed gratitude to the Chinese side for the humanitarian assistance and noted that Ukraine properly cares about the safety of Chinese citizens in our country.

The parties discussed ways to strengthen the Ukrainian-Chinese partnership.

"Before the full-scale Russian invasion, China was Ukraine's number one trading partner. I believe that our conversation today will give a powerful impetus to the return, preservation and development of this dynamic at all levels," the  President of Ukraine emphasized. This should be facilitated by the resumption [!] of the work of the bilateral intergovernmental commission and the appointment of the Ambassador of Ukraine to China.

In this regard, the Head of State called on China to play an effective role in the settlement of the security issue around the ZNPP.

"This will be in line with the essence of the Budapest  Memorandum," he emphasized.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy briefed the Chinese leader on the situation at the front:...

The Head of State specifically focused on the devastating consequences of the Russian invasion, emphasizing the abduction of twenty thousand [!] Ukrainian children by Russia....

The President of Ukraine outlined the content of the Ukrainian Peace Formula [!] and informed about the ongoing diplomatic work on the organization of the Global Peace Summit.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed hope for China's active participation in efforts to restore peace....

The parties emphasized the importance of efforts to establish peace.

The Head of State separately emphasized the importance of all states refraining from supporting Russia in the war. This should apply to military-technical cooperation, including the supply of weapons....

The President of Ukraine emphasized the readiness of our country to remain a guarantor of global food security. Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that Ukrainian ports are currently hostage to Russian aggression and are blocked by the aggressor state, and our export routes are blocked with them.*

In this context, the parties expressed joint support for the need for proper implementation and continuation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed about the implementation of the Grain from Ukraine global humanitarian program.

The leaders of Ukraine and China agreed to maintain a regular dialogue.

* except, for example, for the 6.7M mt exported to China, 5.1M to Span, 3M to Turkiye, 2M to Italy, and 1.7M to Netherlands? JCC Cargo Destinations with NEW! animated shipping routes

Now there is an opportunity to give new impetus to relations between Ukraine and China - address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 26 Apr

I spoke with the leader of China today. It was a long and quite rational conversation. It is usually said that such conversations open up opportunities. Now there is an opportunity to give new impetus to our relations - Ukraine and China.

There is an opportunity to use China's political influence to restore the strength of the principles and rules on which peace should be based. Ukraine and China, as well as the vast majority of the world, are equally interested in the strength of the sovereignty of nations and territorial integrity... In compliance with the main security rules, in particular, the inadmissibility of threats with nuclear weapons and the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the world. We are equally interested in ensuring that the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is finally fully secured and that nuclear power plants are never used for military purposes again, which is exactly the kind of cynical use Russia is trying to make the norm.

It is very important that China shares our view of freedom of navigation and trade. I briefed Mr. Xi Jinping on our efforts to restore seaborne food exports. And I heard words of support for our Black Sea Grain Initiative and its extension, as well as support for our humanitarian efforts, in particular the Grain from Ukraine program.

Of course, an essential part of the conversation is our views on ways to restore a just peace. I presented the Ukrainian Peace Formula, its specific points. We agreed to continue our communications.

[ellipses in original -mcs]

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by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 01:15:05 PM EST
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The President of Ukraine outlined the content of the Ukrainian Peace Formula [!] and informed about the ongoing diplomatic work on the organization of the Global Peace Summit. After capitulation ...

To the victor the spoils and surrender dictates ...

Posted on another thread ... here

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 05:38:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 08:23:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 27th, 2023 at 08:18:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Apr 29th, 2023 at 02:59:47 PM EST
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"state-controlled" media translation
ukrinform | China's neutral position on war "important" for Ukraine - official
"Is China a beneficiary of the war? It seems to me that there are many economic beneficiaries of the war, not just China, but it is fundamentally important for us that China does not interfere in this war and continues to take the neutral position it is taking today," Podolyak said. According to him, China is taking advantage of the situation with the closure of European markets for Russia, getting certain benefits off of this. At the same time, the official noted that China is not investing in Russia in terms of military technology or weapons.

"It is important for us that China adheres to this neutral position and does not invest in the war, does not support Russia," the advisor said.
"I would assess the very fact of the conversation as absolutely positive because China has certain reasons to see itself as a much more powerful state than Russia today and to claim the position that Russia used to occupy in the global political environment. And, of course, this is important for us from the point of view that President Zelensky was able to convey principled positions on the nature of the war, on how this war should end. And this was publicly voiced, this position was recorded that there can be no compromise of 'territory in exchange for peace'," Podolyak said.

Try to act surprised. I promise you, Zelensk* isn't the least interested in a ceasefire, Here is Podoliak's considered opinion from 28 Feb in Chinese peace principles for the war in Ukraine, countries which failed to support Ukraine
by Cat on Sat Apr 29th, 2023 at 10:01:26 PM EST
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