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U.S. and allies look at potential China role in ending Ukraine war

By Bojan Pancevski, Laurence Norman and Vivian Salama

07 May 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Can Ukraine's planned spring offensive pave the way for peace talks? The WSJ reports on Western hopes that China could help bring Russia to the negotiating table.

Some U.S. and European officials said they believe that Ukraine’s planned spring offensive could pave the way for negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow by the end of the year, and that China could help bring Russia to the table.

The willingness to encourage negotiations and seek out a role for China in talks represents a shift in Western thinking, particularly in the U.S., which has been highly skeptical of any involvement for Beijing given China’s longstanding support for Moscow. Secretary of State Antony Blinken publicly expressed cautious optimism recently that Beijing could help defuse the conflict.

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