How China Failed as a Mediator – Lessons from Xi-Putin Meeting

The Chinese side tried to find out how ready Ukraine is for the so-called peace talks and to convince the country of their necessity.

Yurii Poita, Head of the Asia-Pacific Section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, took part in a briefing at Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform.  

“We saw the efforts by the Chinese side to involve the Ukrainian side in the so-called peace talks. This was evident both in the rhetoric of Chinese leaders before and during the visit itself. In addition, there are some signs of pressure on Ukrainian diplomacy — the Chinese side was trying to find out how ready Ukraine is for these negotiations,” — he said.

According to Yurii Poita, China’s efforts to find out if Ukraine is ready for the so-called peace talks with Russia also took place at the expert level.

“A few days ago, we held discussions with Chinese experts, who are directly affiliated with the Chinese government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense. And we saw a very clear attempt by China to find out whether Ukraine is ready for peace negotiations on russian terms, without the withdrawal of russian troops from the territory of Ukraine. They tried to convince us that it was necessary,” — the expert noted.

In addition, he pointed out that no arguments could sway the Chinese side, “and they tried to push these so-called peace talks.”

The video of the briefing:

Yurii Poita

Head of the Asian Section

He has been working as a Head of the Asia-Pacific Section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine). Yurii also is a sinologist and member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

He studied at the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv International University, the Wuhan Research Institute of Postal and Telecommunications (China), Zhytomyr Military Institute (Ukraine). At the moment Yurii is a PhD candidate at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

He has experience in defense, international journalism, analytics and research.

Research interests: China’s influence in the post-Soviet space, “hybrid” threats to national security, Ukrainian-Chinese relations, the development of the situation in the Asia-Pacific and the Central Asian region.

He took part in a number of expert and scientific discussions in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, China and other countries. He has participated in research projects on the consequences of educational migration to China, interethnic conflicts and the protest potential of Kazakhstan, creation of a new Asian strategy of the MFA of Ukraine, study of Ukraine’s relations with the countries of Central and East Asia.

Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English and Chinese.

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