|Author (Corporate)||Government of People's Republic of China|
|Publisher||China: Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Overview|
Position document published by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 24 February 2023 setting out its proposal for a peaceful resolution to the war between Ukraine and Russia.
On 24 February 2023 - the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) revealed a twelve-point document entitled China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis. In the document, the Government proposes to: respect the sovereignty and integrity of all states; recognise the doctrine of indivisible security and reject the military bloc mentality; cease the hostilities and avoid fanning the conflict; resume peace talks; resolve the humanitarian crisis; protect civilians and prisoners of war (POWs); keep the nuclear power plants safe; refrain from using nuclear weapons; facilitate grain exports; stop imposing unilateral sanctions; keep industrial and supply chains stable; promote post-conflict reconstruction.
In response to this proposal, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky highlighted his country's own proposal to resolve the conflict, in the form of a ten-point peace formula which he argued should form the basis for negotiations. Even so, the Chinese initiative was seen positively by Mr Zelensky, who expressed his readiness to hold a meeting with the Chinese leadership to discuss these matters. Elsewhere across Western countries, the proposal was not particularly well received by political stakeholders.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations, Security and Defence|
|Subject Tags||Diplomacy, Wars | Conflicts|
|Keywords||War in Ukraine (2022-)
|Countries / Regions||China, Russia, Ukraine|