Beijing should pressure Russia to end the war in Ukraine, US Ambassador to China says
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"What we need to see from China is to push Russia to withdraw its troops and so that Ukraine can have all of its territory back and can be fully sovereign again in all aspects of that word," Burns said.
He added that it would be beneficial if China pressured Russia to stop bombing Ukrainian schools, hospitals, and apartment buildings, as Ukraine’s civilian casualties continue to mount.
Burns said the recent conversation between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was a "good first step," but it is unclear whether any action will be taken.
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"We would like to see China be much more tough-minded in its advice to the Russians; we'd like to see action to end the war as quickly as possible in terms, of course, that the Ukrainian government can accept," he said.
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Burns added that the United States is closely monitoring the issue of China potentially providing lethal aid to Russia, but Washington has not seen evidence of this yet.
On April 26, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had his first conversation with Chinese leader Xi Jinping since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion.
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According to Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson Hua Chunying, Ukraine requested the conversation. China plans to send a government envoy to deepen communication around the political settlement of the Russian war, which Beijing refers to as the “Ukrainian crisis.”
On the same day, Zelenskyy appointed former Minister for Strategic Industry, Pavlo Ryabikin, as Ukraine’s new Ambassador to China.
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On Feb. 24, China published a document outlining its position on the "settlement" of Russia's war against Ukraine, including a call for a ceasefire and negotiations, but not a withdrawal of Russian troops.
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