The hard part for Xi starts now after finally calling Zelenskiy

27 Apr 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

There is increasing pressure on China to show that it genuinely wants peace in Ukraine, Bloomberg reports. Xi Jinping's call with Ukraine's leader may help, but it's unclear where things go from here.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping finally spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy after more than six weeks of speculation. Now comes the hard part in his push to end the 14-month war.

The announcement at a special briefing late Wednesday in Beijing quickly diverted attention from an uproar caused by a Chinese diplomat who questioned the sovereignty of ex-Soviet states. While Beijing distanced itself from the remark, it undermined Xi's quest to portray China as a neutral broker - particularly given his tight relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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