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Xi, cast as peacemaker, wades into Russia's war in Ukraine

By David Pierson, Anatoly Kurmanaev and Marc Santora

17 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Xi Jinping, having brokered the Saudi Arabia-Iran deal, now aims to end the war in Ukraine, positioning himself as a mediator and leader of an alternative world order. The NYT analyzes the news.

China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, has cast himself as a global statesman, helping Saudi Arabia and Iran broker a deal to restore diplomatic ties while extolling the virtues of “Chinese solutions and wisdom” in solving the world’s biggest security challenges.

Now, Xi is putting himself at the center of Russia’s war with Ukraine, potentially positioning himself as a mediator to end the protracted fight.

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