Western countries rejected China’s proposal
He said that China would “continue to play a positive role for the political settlement of the Ukraine issue”. Wang was probably referring to the 12-point peace proposal sent by Beijing that calls for a ceasefire and talks. However, the Chinese proposal has been largely rejected by Western countries because Beijing is too close to Moscow and is not seen as a neutral mediator. Also, the position regarding the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine has not been clarified in the proposal.
Japan’s Prime Minister was in Ukraine
Significantly, at the same time as the Chinese President’s visit to Russia, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Ukraine, which is considered America’s partner and China’s biggest rival in East Asia. Meanwhile, Russia carried out a series of drone attacks on Ukraine in the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging basic infrastructure. Regarding Ukraine, Wang said Russia and China agreed that the UN Charter and international laws should be respected. He said both countries oppose the unilateral imposition of economic sanctions by the US and other countries on Putin and his financial backers.