“Ukraine shows how China will not get far posing as a peacemaker” is a new OpEd by Alexander Vuving for Nikkei Asia.
According to Vuving: “In offering its Ukraine peace initiative, China is capitalizing on the world’s hopes for bringing the conflict to an end and restoring stability to global food and energy markets. On the surface at least, Chinese President Xi Jinping has more leverage than virtually anyone to bring to bear on Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.
“Thus, when Xi traveled to Moscow to meet with the Russian leader last week, there were high hopes that he could lay the groundwork for mediation between the belligerents. Xi ultimately did so, but in a way that would skew global discourse and tilt the negotiating table in favor of Russia.”
Dr. Alexander Vuving is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu. The views expressed are those of the author alone and do not represent the official policy of the DKI APCSS, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.