US emphasizes importance of Chinese envoy’s visit to Ukraine

16 May, 12:05 PM
China (Photo:REUTERS / Thomas Peter)

China (Photo:REUTERS / Thomas Peter)

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) should hear directly from Ukraine about its position on ending the war, so the Chinese envoy’s visit to Ukraine is very important, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said during a press briefing on May 15.

“It is important for the PRC to hear directly from our Ukrainian partners about why Ukraine’s security concerns and its sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected,” he said.

Patel said that “when it comes to diplomacy, nothing should happen about Ukraine without Ukraine.”

He added that “the Kremlin has yet to demonstrate meaningful interest in ending this war, and in fact they’ve done quite the opposite.”

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“While others are focused on finding ways for this war to end, including (Ukrainian) President (Volodymyr) Zelenskyy, who has laid out his own peace plan, Russia is sending drones and missiles into a neighbor’s country, hitting apartment buildings, hitting hospitals, hitting movie theaters, killing scores of children and injuring others,” the official said.

According to U.S. news channel CNN, China’s special representative of Eurasian affairs Li Hui will visit Ukraine this week to “promote peace talks.”

Li’s trip will begin on May 15, and he will travel to Ukraine, Poland, France, Germany, and Russia during the tour.

Li is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The visit comes after Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke with Zelenskyy by phone last month for the first time since Russia’s full-scale invasion and war began last year.

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