Zelensky is getting a second chance to end the carnage and raging inferno in Ukraine inflicted by the materially and morally superior Russian forces. His first chance was April 2022 when Turkey hosted peace talks which, however, Britain blocked in behalf of the U.S. Now that China’s President Xi Jinping is arranging new ceasefire talks for Ukraine with President Vladimir Putin, will Zelensky muster the courage to say no the U.S. and yes to Xi’s peace plan?
Two weeks ago, global media confirmed President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow for talks with “friend without limits” President Vladimir Putin. At this writing, President Xi just arrived in Moscow where President Putin. The day before, “People’s Daily”, China’s largest newspaper published Putin’s article entitled “Russia and China: A Future-Bound Partnership” where Putin discussed his personal history with Xi as well as a wide range of state matters.
Especially noteworthy in Putin’s special article are his thoughts on a range of geopolitical matters from BRICS to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and, as the rest of the world breathlessly anticipate, t the Ukraine situation. Expectations of a surprise Ukraine peace plan are implied from these lines: “Russia is open to the political and diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis. It was not Russia who broke off the peace talks back in April 2022.”
His preceding statement in the article is even more encouraging, “We appreciate the well-balanced stance on the events in Ukraine adopted by the PRC, as well as its understanding of their historical background and root causes. We welcome China’s readiness to make a meaningful contribution to the settlement of the crisis.” Together with Zelensky’s positive reaction late February to China’s Ukraine peace plan, we may see a second peace surprise in the offing.
On February 24, 2023, China released its proposal for a ceasefire in Ukraine and gradual de-escalation of the war situation to pave the way for peace talks with a two(?)-point guideline to end the conflict. Zelensky called the proposal “a good sign” and added that he “plans to meet with China’s leader Xi” about it, even as the US State Department said it would reserve judgement while adding the prejudiced comment that “China’s allegiance with Russia meant it was not a neutral mediator.”
The U.S. cannot hide its impulse against peace, as revealed in its reaction to China’s peace proposal for Ukraine. The U.S. repeats the same cynical, obstructionist, nihilist antipathy to peace and any efforts towards that ideal of Mankind. The U.S. reveals the same obstructionism to the impending talks between Zelensky and Xi after the latter’s meet with Putin regarding a peace plan for Zelensky. The proposal is a last chance option for Zelensky to avert the total demise of his country.
Exposing the malice of the U.S. behind its diplomatese the U.S. State Department first issued the impressive position, “White House hails possibility of Xi Jinping speaking with Ukrainian president Zelensky. ” But within the span of three days it issues its final and contradictory position, “US Opposes ceasefire in Ukraine, rejects China’s peace plan” Even before Zelensky and Xi get to meet and discuss the plan that Putin would already have given his imprimatur to.
China continues its efforts towards global peace, solidarity and progress. For this visit to Moscow to meet President Putin, Xi penned the article “Forging Ahead to Open a New Chapter of China-Russia Friendship, Cooperation and Common Development”, which was also meant for the whole world to read and ponder. Xi made a pitch for diversity, “… no model of governance is universal, and no single country should dictate the international order.”
On Ukraine Xi’s said: “…China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis, which takes into account the legitimate concerns of all parties and reflects the broadest common understanding of the international community … as long as all parties embrace the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, and pursue… rational and results-oriented dialogue and consultation, they will… resolve the crisis… toward a world of lasting peace and common security.”
Filipinos should follow these developments seriously and appreciate China’s efforts for peace in Ukraine. The Philippines is facing an unprecedented economic and political crisis that, despite the cover-up of local mainstream media, exploding in the face of the current government. For middle class and poor of the nation, real inflation is 9.7% (the 8.6% rate is simply window dressing), while the administration faces a severe political crisis due to its betrayal in accepting the U.S. bases in the country.
Peace in Ukraine would be a boon for the world and the Philippines, restoring lower energy, fertilizer and food costs. Of course, the biggest peace dividend would go to Ukraine whose 10-million Ukrainian refugees scattered all over Europe today could return home, another 10-million homeless Ukrainians can start rebuilding their homes, and 60,000 lost children can be found by their families and reunited to rebuild normal family lives.
China is jump starting peace talks, and certainly can promise financial and infrastructure assistance for rebuilding Ukraine. Europe political stability and industrial vitality will be restored with a new peace deal. The rest of the world will resume normal development and re-focus on recovering from the pandemic and Ukrainian war sanctions, especially the poorest regions of Africa and South America.
China is again putting on the table It’s a Win-Win proposition for all of Mankind – except maybe for the U.S. which is now facing total collapse from its century of profligacy for “Forever Wars,” while China channels the world towards the multipolar “Forever Peace” of the Asian Century.