Why success? Because like Albert Einstein said, ‘peace is achieved not by force but by understanding’. Xi Jinping will be in Moscow until mid-week with a large crew of super-intelligent specialists ready to hone the Xi Peace Plan after hearing Vladimir Putin’s input.
President Xi has demonstrated with his peace proposal that he understands the crisis. His Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has shown his interest in the proposal but at the same time explained the roadblocks he says he has encountered. Xi Jinping has proposed that China could become an intermediary if that would help clearing the roadblocks.
The Biden administration which is the de facto leader of Ukraine says it will keep the war going and will reject any Sino-Russian plan of any kind for peace.
Admiral John Kirby, a militaristic White House spokesperson, figuratively threw acid at the China Peace Plan, saying that “It would in effect recognize Russia’s gains and its attempt to conquer its neighbor’s territory by force, allowing Russian troops to continue to occupy sovereign Ukrainian territory.”
Editorial comment: This radical suggestion ignores the Luhansk and Donetsk de facto sovereign states which have been autonomous self-sufficient countries since April 2014, exercising the peoples’ rights to self-determination. Interestingly, the United Nations which once supported the right to self-determinations of peoples has denied that right to the ethnic Russians in Ukraine in the various remarks of the Secretary General, an American appointee. Nevertheless, the anger that circulates against the bloody Russian invasion, a ruthless and disordered move by any measure, has made many people so crazy they may have the title but they do not lead for the interests of the people as leaders should normally be able to boast. Future historians will likely suggest Vladimir Putin has exposed if not forced out all the worst flaws and incompetence of human institutions and their leadership.
Seeking to insult China as well as Russia, the White House erstwhile military flak added that, “It would be a classic part of the China playbook for Chinese officials to come out of the meeting claiming “we’re the ones calling for an end to the fighting and nobody else is.”
Is that what this prolonged proxy-war bloodbath is all about? Political showmanship?
Speaking from Ukraine, Alona Adamovich who heads a large humanitarian effort for women and girls in Ukraine said, “We pray that President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin have a good success with the head of the Luhansk People’s Republic side, Mr. Leonid Pasechnik; the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic side, Denis Pushilin; the heads of the other regions adjoining Donetsk—I don’t remember their names; and the head of the Ukraine side, Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and can reach a satisfactory conclusion of this horrible disaster war and start fixing the lives of the millions of harmed people.”
While America shrieks, “no peace plan from China will be acceptable,” some of the smartest men and women in the world are ordering KFC to their hotel and munching on a new favourite in China. KFC is opening a store per day in that country according to their spokesperson.
Video: Chinese delegation workers order huge take-out order in Moscow. KFC, which is opening a restaurant per day in China, is very popular in Moscow but also with guests from China as well, as this video shows. The large contingent of peace-plan and diplomatic experts munching on Kentucky Fried Chicken in Moscow are accompanying the third-term leader of the People’s Republic of China in Moscow now until Wednesday night or later, depending on progress.
March 20 2023, RF President Vladimir Putin speaks to the International Parliamentary Conference themed “Russia–Africa in a Multipolar World” Photo credit: Kremlin.ru. Photo is cropped. Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective-Magazine.
Opening address by Xi Jinping to an audience with Vladimir Putin
[Translated by FPMag]
Dear President Putin, I always call you my dear friend.
At your invitation, I am very pleased to pay another state visit to Russia, all the more so. immediately after my re-election as President of the People’s Republic of China, and as I chose Russia as the first country of my foreign visit.
You just remembered [referring to President Putin’s welcoming statements] that exactly ten years ago, when I first became Chairman in China, I also chose Russia as the first country for my first foreign visit. You reminded me of this, and to this day these paintings I see are well preserved, in my heart.
The China side pays great attention to the development of Sino-Russian relations, as this has its own historical logic, since we are the largest neighbouring nations. You and I are partners of a comprehensive strategic interaction and cooperation, and it is this status that determines that there should be close relations between our countries.
Immediately after a successful completion of the Twentieth Congress of the CPC, as well as the recent session of the Chinese Parliament, after my successful re-election as Secretary General of the CPC, as well as President of the People’s Republic of China, you immediately sent me congratulatory telegrams. Once again I express to you my great appreciation.
I know that in the future the next presidential election will take place in your country. Under your leadership, in recent years, Russia has made significant strides towards achieving results and prosperity for the country. I am sure that the Russian people will strongly support you in your good endeavors.
Indeed, our countries have many of the same or similar goals in our drive forward.
Both our countries at presently make great efforts to achieve our goal of development and prosperity. For example, we have set the task of modernizing the Chinese model. Russia also has ambitious development goals for the country as a whole. I am sure that with our close cooperation, we will definitely achieve these goals.
I also am very grateful that in all recent years regarding the development, construction in China you always have a positive attitude towards us, always give us support, and of course, we feel it, we are grateful to you.
In development of the Sino-Russian international strategic cooperation, we must, on the one hand, achieve the goal of ensuring justice and equality in the world, and on the other hand, achieve further development and prosperity in our two countries.
I am grateful for your very good initiatives, for the fact that today we will be with you. a one-on-one lunch to be held during this time we could exchange issues of a bilateral nature, as well as all issues of mutual interest.
In a written media statement, Mr. Putin previously said, “Russia is open to a political and diplomatic settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. However back in April 2022, the peace talks were not terminated by us. The peace process depends solely on readiness for a serious conversation, taking into account the prevailing geopolitical realities. Unfortunately, ultimatums demands against Russia speak only of isolation from such realities and disinterest in finding a way out of the current situation.”
China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis
February 24, 2023
1. Respecting the sovereignty of all countries. Universally recognized international law, including the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, must be strictly observed. The sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries must be effectively upheld. All countries, big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal members of the international community. All parties should jointly uphold the basic norms governing international relations and defend international fairness and justice. Equal and uniform application of international law should be promoted, while double standards must be rejected.2. Abandoning the Cold War mentality. The security of a country should not be pursued at the expense of others. The security of a region should not be achieved by strengthening or expanding military blocs. The legitimate security interests and concerns of all countries must be taken seriously and addressed properly. There is no simple solution to a complex issue. All parties should, following the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security and bearing in mind the long-term peace and stability of the world, help forge a balanced, effective and sustainable European security architecture. All parties should oppose the pursuit of one’s own security at the cost of others’ security, prevent bloc confrontation, and work together for peace and stability on the Eurasian Continent.
3. Ceasing hostilities. Conflict and war benefit no one. All parties must stay rational and exercise restraint, avoid fanning the flames and aggravating tensions, and prevent the crisis from deteriorating further or even spiraling out of control. All parties should support Russia and Ukraine in working in the same direction and resuming direct dialogue as quickly as possible, so as to gradually deescalate the situation and ultimately reach a comprehensive ceasefire.
4. Resuming peace talks. Dialogue and negotiation are the only viable solution to the Ukraine crisis. All efforts conducive to the peaceful settlement of the crisis must be encouraged and supported. The international community should stay committed to the right approach of promoting talks for peace, help parties to the conflict open the door to a political settlement as soon as possible, and create conditions and platforms for the resumption of negotiation. China will continue to play a constructive role in this regard.
5. Resolving the humanitarian crisis. All measures conducive to easing the humanitarian crisis must be encouraged and supported. Humanitarian operations should follow the principles of neutrality and impartiality, and humanitarian issues should not be politicized. The safety of civilians must be effectively protected, and humanitarian corridors should be set up for the evacuation of civilians from conflict zones. Efforts are needed to increase humanitarian assistance to relevant areas, improve humanitarian conditions, and provide rapid, safe and unimpeded humanitarian access, with a view to preventing a humanitarian crisis on a larger scale. The UN should be supported in playing a coordinating role in channeling humanitarian aid to conflict zones.
6. Protecting civilians and prisoners of war (POWs). Parties to the conflict should strictly abide by international humanitarian law, avoid attacking civilians or civilian facilities, protect women, children and other victims of the conflict, and respect the basic rights of POWs. China supports the exchange of POWs between Russia and Ukraine, and calls on all parties to create more favorable conditions for this purpose.
7. Keeping nuclear power plants safe. China opposes armed attacks against nuclear power plants or other peaceful nuclear facilities, and calls on all parties to comply with international law including the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) and resolutely avoid man-made nuclear accidents. China supports the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in playing a constructive role in promoting the safety and security of peaceful nuclear facilities.
8. Reducing strategic risks. Nuclear weapons must not be used and nuclear wars must not be fought. The threat or use of nuclear weapons should be opposed. Nuclear proliferation must be prevented and nuclear crisis avoided. China opposes the research, development and use of chemical and biological weapons by any country under any circumstances.
9. Facilitating grain exports. All parties need to implement the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed by Russia, Türkiye, Ukraine and the UN fully and effectively in a balanced manner, and support the UN in playing an important role in this regard. The cooperation initiative on global food security proposed by China provides a feasible solution to the global food crisis.
10. Stopping unilateral sanctions. Unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure cannot solve the issue; they only create new problems. China opposes unilateral sanctions unauthorized by the UN Security Council. Relevant countries should stop abusing unilateral sanctions and “long-arm jurisdiction” against other countries, so as to do their share in deescalating the Ukraine crisis and create conditions for developing countries to grow their economies and better the lives of their people.
11. Keeping industrial and supply chains stable. All parties should earnestly maintain the existing world economic system and oppose using the world economy as a tool or weapon for political purposes. Joint efforts are needed to mitigate the spillovers of the crisis and prevent it from disrupting international cooperation in energy, finance, food trade and transportation and undermining the global economic recovery.
12. Promoting post-conflict reconstruction. The international community needs to take measures to support post-conflict reconstruction in conflict zones. China stands ready to provide assistance and play a constructive role in this endeavor.