WSJ: Xi Jinping intends to talk with Zelensky after visit to Moscow

Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit Moscow next week. This will be his first foreign trip since being re-elected in the spring session, writes the Wall Street Journal.

After a visit to Russia, the Chinese leader intends to talk with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, probably in an online meeting.

Meetings with Messrs. Putin and Zelensky, the last of which is expected to take place virtually, some people say, reflect Beijing's desire to play a more active role in brokering an end to the war in Ukraine.
- the publication says.

The author of the article notes that such a direct conversation with the Ukrainian leader will be an important step in Beijing's attempts to play the role of a peacekeeper in Ukraine. Prior to that, they were rather skeptically perceived by the West.

It will also bolster Beijing's reputation as a global power broker, after facilitating an unexpected diplomatic breakthrough between Saudi Arabia and Iran last week.

- the publication concludes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited his Chinese counterpart late last year during video conference talks. The head of the Russian state believes that this will demonstrate to the world the strength of Russian-Chinese ties and will become the main political event of the year in bilateral relations.

It was previously reported that in early March 2023, at a meeting in Harbin, Chinese officials ordered Beijing to build a railroad north of the PRC to Russia's vast and resource-rich Sakha Republic, which dominates the Far East but is quite far from the border with China.
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  1. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 13 March 2023 16: 50
    The fact that President Xi will go on his first visit to the Russian Federation, and not somewhere else, is a very encouraging sign. Let's hope that the Russian leader will "prepare" the Chinese for a meeting with the bloody clown Zelensky
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  2. Irek Offline Irek
    Irek (Paparazzi Kazan) 13 March 2023 17: 20
    But what is a smart person to talk about with such a...

  3. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 13 March 2023 20: 49
    No one in the world can ignore the PRC - the world's largest economy with an enviable reserve for the future.
    The proposed plan of 12 points suits the Russian Federation, they will clarify the details and, through the first lad of Ukraine, will be offered for NATO approval. The truce is necessary for the Russian Federation and meets the interests of the PRC on the eve of the likely forceful unification of China
  4. Baltika3 Offline Baltika3
    Baltika3 (Baltika3) 15 March 2023 15: 51
    If Xi wanted to help Putin, he could just send weapons. That is, he goes for something else. As an option - the exchange of weapons for resources and territories. And what, China has already drawn maps - now is a good time to sign the papers.