Xi stressed that China’s position is consistent and clear: promoting peace talks and political settlement. He said the Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation should be abandoned, and extreme sanctions and pressure should be done away with. The Chinese president expressed the hope that relevant parties would build a balanced, effective and sustainable European security architecture through dialogue and consultation.
Sánchez praised two aspects of China’s position paper – “its complete and categorical rejection of not only the use but even the threat to use nuclear weapons” and its respect for territorial integrity.
China might be one of the only countries that could have a “game-changer effect" on Russia's war in Ukraine "for both sides," CNN reported citing an undisclosed source in France's presidential administration, according to the Kyiv Independent.
Commenting on the upcoming visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Beijing, the senior diplomat said: "our message will be clear: there may be a temptation to get closer to Russia, but do not cross that line".
On Friday, Xi met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and they agreed to upgrade ties between the two countries to an “All-Round High-Quality Future-Oriented Partnership”.