Chinese president: "new and important change" and world "not peaceful"

Chinese President Xi Jinping

 On a day when world hope for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine hangs on a phone call, which lasted more than two hours, between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin returns to make his voice heard. The Russian president spoke not as usual from the Kremlin, but at a mass gathering at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, for the eighth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. In Ukraine "Russia will definitely carry out all its plans," Putin said, adding. "We know what needs to be done next, how to do it further, at what cost," the Russian president added. Putin stressed that the military operation in Ukraine was launched to "stop the genocide" that he said was carried out by Kiev in the Donbass. Finally, the Russian president praised the "military heroism during the operation in Ukraine", adding that "Crimea did the right thing by placing a barrier in the path of neo-Nazis". 

Prior to the intervention at the stadium, in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said that the Russian army in Ukraine was doing everything possible to saved civilian lives, the Kremlin press service reported.
The video call between United States President Joe Biden and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping lasted about two hours to discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which began at 2 p.m. Italian time. This was the first conversation between the two leaders since the start of the war. The Chinese president wanted to underline how the international situation has undergone "new and important changes" and the world is "not at peace". "The issue of peace and development faces serious challenges", he continued, wishing to explain his opposition to the use of force in international disputes: 

"The situation in Ukraine has shown once again that countries cannot engage in military clashes to resolve their disputes." Underlining the role of the US and China in the world, including in the UN council, Xi added: "We must guide the development of China-US relations on the right path, but we must also assume our international responsibility to make these efforts for peace. and peace in the world". As for the previous dispute between the two superpowers, Xi mentioned that the current situation in China-US relations "is directly due to the fact that some people in the United States have not accepted the important consensus reached by the two of us" and that the two countries "have differences in the future." past and present and there will also be in the future. The key is to manage it because Sino-American relations are stable and beneficial for both sides."
Biden, for his part, called on Xi to use his leverage with Russian President Vladimir Putin to get Moscow to "end this terrible war", and also warned Xi that the United States was ready to take revenge if Beijing actively supported Russia in Ukraine. Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state - reports the FT - said that Biden "made it clear that China will be held accountable for any actions taken to support Russian aggression". 

US President Joe Biden did not "really make any special requests" in his conversation today with Chinese President Xi Jinping about possible Chinese mediation in the crisis in Ukraine. A senior US government official explained this at a press conference. "Our view is that China will make its own decisions and I will explain the nature of the call in this way," the official added.

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