China has softened its stance on the war in Ukraine in the run-up to a summit of Group of 20 nations, according to a senior French official.
(Bloomberg) — China has softened its stance on the war in Ukraine in the run-up to a summit of Group of 20 nations, according to a senior French official.
While refraining from overtly supporting Russia which invaded Ukraine in 2022, China has in the past maintained a neutral position that effectively benefited Moscow. Western countries, especially France, have urged China to pressure Russia to end the war.
Chinese officials involved in negotiations over the G-20 summit’s final communique have taken a softer approach toward Ukraine compared to last year, the French official said. He spoke anonymously, in line with standard practice.
The French official said that all G-20 countries agreed on common language regarding the war in Ukraine, but a compromise still had to be found with Russia.
India, which is hosting this year’s G-20 summit, has also refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
It is unclear whether China’s new position will lead to an agreement over a communique amid tensions between Beijing and Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been at loggerheads with China over flash-points including a border dispute in the Himalayas.
Last year, most G-20 leaders condemned the war in Ukraine in a joint communique. But the absence of Chinese president Xi Jinping at the summit in India has cast a shadow over the prospect of landing an agreement on Ukraine.
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