China’s position on the political settlement of the Ukraine conflict has been a topic of discussion in recent days. The Chinese government recently published a position paper with 12 points on how to resolve the crisis. These 12 points include respecting the sovereignty of all countries, abandoning Cold War mentality, resuming peace talks, resolving the humanitarian crisis, protecting civilians and prisoners of war, keeping nuclear power plants safe, reducing strategic risks, facilitating grain exports, stopping unilateral sanctions, keeping industrial and supply chains stable, and promoting post-conflict reconstruction. While China wants to maintain a good, friendly, and cooperative relationship with Russia, it does not necessarily mean that it supports the war in Ukraine.
There have been recent media reports that China is about to provide military support to Russia, including dual-use equipment. The German news magazine Dash Spiegel published a story on this topic. However, the United States has warned China not to provide such support, or face serious consequences. It is unclear whether these reports can be substantiated or whether there is a media campaign to implicate China in the war in Ukraine.
The Chinese government has consistently stated that it wants peace, respect for state sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for international disputes to be resolved in a peaceful way. China is also against the use of nuclear weapons and does not want to see the disruption of supply chains, including with grain exports. The recent position paper further solidifies China’s stance on the Ukraine conflict.
There are two different questions to consider when it comes to China’s relationship with Russia. The first is whether China supports Russia’s war on Ukraine, and the second is whether China wants to maintain a good relationship with Russia. China does not gain anything from military involvement, and it values its neutrality as a third party in the conflict.
In terms of the accusations that China is about to provide military support to Russia, there is no concrete evidence to support these claims. However, it is unlikely that China would provide military support, as it does not want to lose its neutrality in the conflict. China’s long-term consistent policy is one of non-interference in the affairs of other countries.
There is a consensus that all sides should seek peace and seize hostilities. China’s call for all sides to lay down arms and for peace negotiations to start is a sensible and common-sense point. The United States pays an awful lot of money in supporting Ukraine, and the Biden Administration wants to stop the war, as do Europeans.
China is in a unique position to exert influence on Russia and press for peace talks. The Chinese government can use its influence to pressure Russia into laying down arms and making concessions that would make peace talks possible. China’s 12-point position paper is a step in the right direction towards resolving the conflict.
The recent media reports that China is about to provide military support to Russia are concerning, but there is no concrete evidence to support these claims. It is important to distinguish between what is helpful and what is not. Accusing China of supporting Russia’s war on Ukraine does not help the situation, and it is essential to focus on finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
In conclusion, China’s position on the political settlement of the Ukraine conflict is one of peace and respect for state sovereignty and territorial integrity. China’s call for all sides to seek peace and lay down arms is a sensible and common-sense point. The recent position paper further solidifies China’s stance on the conflict, and China’s influence could be crucial in pressing for peace talks. Accusations that China is about to provide military support to Russia should be substantiated, and the focus should be on finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict.