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China, pushing Ukraine cease-fire, gets cool reception in Europe

By Bojan Pancevski and Kim Mackrael

26 May 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. China has courted European nations in an effort to weaken the U.S.-led pushback against Beijing’s widening global clout.

The Chinese envoy dispatched to push Beijing’s peace plan for Ukraine carried a clear message: U.S. allies in Europe should assert their autonomy and urge an immediate cease-fire, leaving Russia in possession of the parts of its smaller neighbor that it now occupies, according to Western officials familiar with talks in capitals across the continent.

Diplomat Li Hui, who has visited Kyiv, Warsaw, Berlin, Paris and Brussels this month, urged European governments to view China as an economic alternative to Washington and said they should move quickly to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine before it spreads, those officials said. Li was due to travel to Moscow on Friday.

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