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Xi Jinping during the China-Central Asia Summit in Xi'an.

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Will China end Russia’s war?

China can end the war in Ukraine. Xi Jinping is the one major world leader that both Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky would gladly meet with. And China is the one country that has both the carrots and the sticks that can persuade Putin and Zelensky to accept the tough-to-swallow compromises needed to make peace.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning attends a press conference in Beijing.

Kyodo via Reuters Connect

On Ukraine, China adds to the confusion

China’s position on Russia’s war remains ambiguous. Despite Xi Jinping’s “no-limits friendship” with Vladimir Putin, China hasn’t offered much to help Russia conquer Ukraine. It has neither recognized Russian claims on Ukrainian land (even Crimea) nor condemned Russia’s invasion.

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