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FT | G7 leaders to discuss proposal for Ukraine peace summit, 18 May ransom notes
in an effort to promote Kyiv's proposal for how to end Russia's war against the country rather than rival plans [sic] proposed by China....and is not expected to include Russia
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 18, 2023
China's position on the Ukraine issue is consistent and clear....
On European security, our position is also consistent and clear....
Zelensk*'s 10-point plan to end the conflict includes a demand for Moscow to withdraw all its troops and for Ukraine's full territorial integrity to be restored. China's [position paper] does not call for Russia's full withdrawal before peace negotiations are opened.
An EU official said the G7 leaders, who begin their three-day summit in the Japanese port city [HIROSHIMA] on Friday, would use the talks to discuss the idea of holding a ["]conference["] this summer dedicated to Zelensk*'s [ultimatum]. Zelensk*'s spokesperson confirmed that the G7 talks would take place at the request of Kyiv, with the aim of getting as many countries as possible on board with its [ultimatum].
Andriy Yermak, Zelensk*'s chief of staff, said Kyiv was interested "in China being involved in the implementation of the Ukrainian [ultimatum]".
News of the G7 intervention to bolster support for Zelensk*'s [ultimatum] came as Ukraine claimed < wipes tears > its air defences had downed all but one of the Russian cruise missiles fired in the latest overnight strikes that sparked explosions in Kyiv and other regions.
archived Berlusconi's anti-Zelensk* comments
AFP: The Ukrainian foreign minister praised China's role as a mediator this week, including for a recent deal that allows shipments of grain through the Black Sea. Can the foreign ministry offer any more detail on China's role in achieving the specific deal?
Wang Wenbin: As for the Black Sea grain export agreement, we have previously expressed China's position of support. 
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I would like to take this opportunity to share with you Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs Li Hui's visit to Ukraine. During Special Representative Li Hui's visit to Ukraine, Ukrainian President Zelensk* met with him and the Special Representative also had meetings with Head of the Office of the President Andrii Yermak, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, and officials from relevant departments including the Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Defence. The two sides exchanged views on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis and China-Ukraine relations.

The two sides agreed that the telephone call between President Xi Jinping and President Zelensk* charted the course for the development of bilateral relations. The two countries need to work together to carry on the tradition of mutual respect and sincerity and advance mutually beneficial cooperation.

archived Yer gonna need a bigger psycho-therapist, possibly more meme stocks
Special Representative Li Hui laid out China's position and proposals on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis. He noted that the four principles, joint efforts in four areas and three observations proposed by President Xi Jinping are China's fundamental approach to the political settlement of the crisis. There is no panacea for defusing the crisis. All parties need to do their part to build up trust and create conditions for ceasefire and peace talks. China stands ready to work on the basis of the document of China's Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis, seek out the broadest common ground among the international community for settling the crisis, and contribute our part to an early ceasefire and restoration of peace. China has played a constructive role in alleviating the humanitarian situation in Ukraine in our own way and will continue to provide help to Ukraine as much as possible.

The Ukraine side noted that it was a pleasure to welcome Special Representative Li Hui to Ukraine shortly after the telephone communication between the presidents of the two countries. Ukraine attaches importance to China's important role in international affairs as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. China is welcome to play a positive role in ending hostilities and restoring peace. Ukraine adheres to the one-China principle and is ready to work with China for new, greater advancement of bilateral relations.

"The Taiwan question and the Ukraine issue are different in nature and are not comparable at all."
AFP: I have a follow-up on Li Hui's visit to Ukraine. During the visit Li Hui urged Kiev to start talks with Moscow, but Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba insisted that his country's territorial integrity could not be broken as a result of any negotiations. So will China [?!] accept  Ukraine giving up parts of its territory if it would stop the fighting?
Wang Wenbin: I just shared with you China's position on the Ukraine issue. There is no panacea for defusing the crisis. All parties need to do their part to build up trust and create conditions for ceasefire and peace talks. China stands ready to work on the basis of the document of China's Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis, seek out the broadest common ground among the international community for settling the crisis, and contribute our part to an early ceasefire and restoration of peace. 
by Cat on Thu May 18th, 2023 at 05:16:16 PM EST
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gov.pl | Deputy Minister Wojciech Gerwel met the ["]Special Envoy  of the Chinese Government for Eurasian Affairs["], 19 May alias Li Hui
Deputy Minister W. Gerwel referred positively to Beijing's recent dialogue with Kyiv, in particular The Telephone Conversation™ between the leaders of China and Ukraine and the current visit of the Chinese Special Envoy to Europe [sic]. He stressed that Russia's aggression against Ukraine poses a key challenge for regional and global stability and security. In this war, positions are not evenly distributed. Any attempts to equalize the status of Russia—the aggressor in this conflict, and Ukraine—the victim, are not acceptable.
Ukraine's right to self-defense arises from Art. 51 of the United Nations Charter. ["]Support for the victim["] of an armed attack is not only a right but an obligation of all members [FALSE] of the international community.
Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.
In this context, Deputy Minister Gerwel recognized China's responsibility as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, and expressed the hope that China—a promoter of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence —will condemn Russia's aggression, and exert pressure on Russia to return to compliance with the principles of international law.
by Cat on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 04:37:06 PM EST
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    As late as November 1957, Communists were openly referring to peaceful co-existence as a "Leninist Principle." There can be no doubt that the expression is in its origins a Russian term within the framework of Marxist ideology.

As a former Communist state, Poland understands the declaration made by the envoy of the CCP. 🤥 Original dates back to 1925.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 06:39:00 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 24th, 2023 at 09:19:03 PM EST
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To those for whom the Kosovo action heralded a new era when States and groups of States can take military action outside the established mechanisms for enforcing international law, one might ask: Is there not a danger of such interventions undermining the imperfect, yet resilient, security system created after the Second World War, and of setting dangerous precedents for future interventions without a clear criterion to decide who might invoke these precedents, and in what circumstances?

Mr. President,

In response to this turbulent era of crises and interventions, there are those who have suggested that the Charter itself -- with its roots in the aftermath of global inter-State war -- is ill-suited to guide us in a world of ethnic wars and intra-State violence. I believe they are wrong.

The Charter is a living document, whose high principles still define the aspirations of peoples everywhere for lives of peace, dignity and development. Nothing in the Charter precludes a recognition that there are rights beyond borders.

Indeed, its very letter and spirit are the affirmation of those fundamental human rights. In short, it is not the deficiencies of the Charter which have brought us to this juncture, but our difficulties in applying its principles to a new era; an era when strictly traditional notions of sovereignty can no longer do justice to the aspirations of peoples everywhere to attain their fundamental freedoms.

The sovereign States who drafted the Charter over half a century ago were dedicated to peace, but experienced in war. [Source: UN-SG Annual Report - 20 Sept. 1999]

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 06:41:43 PM EST
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25 NATO-led peacekeepers injured in Kosovo in clashes with Serbs outside municipal building | AP News - 3 hrs ago |

Polish soldiers, part of the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo KFOR, guard street after Friday's violent clashes between Kosovo police and ethnic Serbs, in the town of Zvecan, northern Kosovo, Monday, May 29, 2023.

Serbia condemned NATO-led peacekeepers stationed in neighboring Kosovo for their alleged failure to stop "brutal actions" by Kosovo police against ethnic Serbs, and said that its armed forces stationed near the border will remain on the highest state of alert until further notice.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 07:57:57 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 07:59:21 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 08:02:03 PM EST
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R2P and a surge in wars initiated by the United States and NATO allies ...

A Failure to Rise to the Occasion: Syria and the Future of "Responsibility to Protect" | Brandeis - March 2015 |

Adopted in 2006, the doctrine claims that sovereignty is a responsibility, not a right, and if a state fails its primary duty of protecting its citizens, the international community has an obligation to step in. It sought to replace the concept of "right to intervene," the idea which justified the NATO intervention in the Balkans in 1999, and to provide a path under international law to address human rights grievances.

Samantha Power, the Monster, and the Libyan Intervention | Sept. 8, 2011 |

I thought it might be useful to republish this diary (March 31) now that the Libyan intervention appears to be entering the end game phase of regime change. As expected "protecting civilians" morphed into regime change, but a major deployment of "boots on the ground" was avoided. We still don't know what the new Libya will look like or precisely how the transition will be accomplished. Have the interventionists like Samantha Power been vindicated by the outcome to date?

Joe Biden. America's Interventionist Hero

On Republican foreign policy, read diary on John Bolton, cut from the same textile as Joe.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 22nd, 2023 at 06:51:40 PM EST
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