+

China Signals It May Skip Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland

China has expressed hesitance regarding its attendance at the Ukraine Peace Summit scheduled for June in Switzerland. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning cited concerns over the disparity between the summit’s arrangements and China’s principles, as well as the global community’s expectations. Mao Ning emphasized that China believes international peace conferences should fulfill three key […]

China Signals It May Skip Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland
China Signals It May Skip Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland

China has expressed hesitance regarding its attendance at the Ukraine Peace Summit scheduled for June in Switzerland. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning cited concerns over the disparity between the summit’s arrangements and China’s principles, as well as the global community’s expectations. Mao Ning emphasized that China believes international peace conferences should fulfill three key criteria: recognition from Russia and Ukraine, equal participation of all involved parties, and fair discussion of peace plans.

While acknowledging China’s recognition of Switzerland’s efforts in organizing the summit, Mao Ning reiterated China’s stance on the importance of meeting these three elements for a peace conference to be effective. She highlighted that these elements, outlined in the Common Understandings on Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis jointly issued by China and Brazil, reflect international concerns, particularly from developing countries.

Mao Ning noted that based on available information and discussions with various parties, it appears that the summit may not meet China’s proposed criteria. Consequently, China finds it challenging to participate and has communicated its concerns to relevant parties. Despite this, China remains committed to promoting peace through its own channels and continuing dialogue with all stakeholders.

Switzerland had earlier announced plans to host a high-level international conference in June aimed at facilitating peace in Ukraine, with more than 100 countries invited. Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis emphasized Switzerland’s humanitarian tradition and commitment to peace, stating that the summit aims to establish a common understanding for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

Tags:

CHINARUSSIATDGThe Daily GuardianUkraineUkraine Peace SummitUkraine-Russia Conflict