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China’s Xi Leaves Zelenskiy Out of Ukraine Diplomatic Push

  • Chinese leader has spoken to eight other leaders since war
  • Xi’s ‘no limits’ Russia ties make Zelenskiy dialogue difficult
Xi Jinping
Xi JinpingPhotographer: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping has held a flurry of talks with state leaders, including Vladimir Putin, since Russia’s invasion in Ukraine. But there’s one big omission from his diplomatic outreach: Volodymyr Zelenskiy. 

Xi has spoken with at least eight world leaders in the month since the invasion, stressing Beijing’s preference for dialogue over war and sanctions. The leader of the world’s second-largest economy has encouraged Russia to move toward negotiations, offered to work with France and Germany to promote talks and told President Joe Biden that China “stands for peace.”