From China to Ukraine: Beyerbach thinks little of Beijing’s Twelve-Point Plan

BPoliticians from the Greens and the FDP are skeptical of Chinese proposals to end the war in Ukraine. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach (Greens) spoke at the UN in New York on Friday. He said he had several well-known positions at the Security Council meeting. If Beijing wanted to, the leadership could have already used its influence.

“China has special responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council. It could have used its influence with Russia to pacify the plan,” Berbach said. “It’s important to warn China about nuclear escalation,” he said. However, with the recent UN resolution, Ukraine has a peace plan. It includes the withdrawal of Russian troops.

“He who speaks of peace should not mean submission. “Anyone who equates aggressor and victim does not create peace, but rewards violence,” said the green politician. “That is the way to another world order, where the law of the strong applies.” The German Foreign Minister has said that it is not possible.

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Anton Hofreiter (Greens), leader of the European Group in the Bundestag, welcomed the peace efforts in principle. A prerequisite for peace between Ukraine and Russia is the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory. “I have serious doubts that China is acting as an honest broker here,” Hofreiter told WELT.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach on her way from the German Permanent Mission to the UN headquarters on Friday

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach on her way from the German Permanent Mission to the UN headquarters on Friday

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China again withdrew from the UN resolution on Thursday and did not condemn the attack, Hofreiter said. There are signs that China also wants to support Russia militarily in the future, for example with kamikaze drones. “This does not mean neutrality, but a double game at the expense of the victims of the Ukrainian war.”

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The head of the Security Council, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (FDP), also cast doubt on China’s potential role in peacemaking. Strack-Zimmerman told the WELT TV channel: “Without China, Russia would not have attacked. Putin – we remember – got the green light at the Olympic Games a year ago.” Russia and China “share the hatred of the free democratic world, which you should not underestimate. That’s what this friendship carries.

“Without China, Russia Would Not Have Attacked”

Where does the world community stand after a year of war in Ukraine? Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann believes that we are at a crossroad in whether we can actually pass on to future generations what we have been able to experience: a growing Europe, peace and democracy.

Source: WELT/ Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann

China has called for a ceasefire and talks in Ukraine

China has previously called for a ceasefire in the Ukraine conflict. On 12 point paper The Foreign Ministry in Beijing made the announcement on Friday, also demanded the immediate resumption of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. “The only viable solution to the Ukraine crisis is dialogue and negotiation,” the position statement said.

First, China demands that “the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries” be respected. At the same time, it is also demanded that the “legitimate security interests of all countries” be taken seriously. Diplomats see the build-up as a clear sign of Russia’s claim to defend itself against the US and NATO.

It also calls for an end to Western sanctions against Russia, measures to protect nuclear facilities, the establishment of humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians and measures to ensure grain exports.

EU chief diplomat Borrell said in New York that Beijing’s twelve-point plan was “not a peace plan, but a position paper”. In it, it summarizes the positions China has expressed since the start of the war in Ukraine.

A spokesman for the EU Commission said in Brussels that China’s position was based on the wrong focus. UN Although the article emphasized some of the principles of the Charter, it was selective and insufficient in its impact on warfare. “The position paper does not take into account who is the aggressor and who is the victim of an illegal, unjustified war of aggression,” the spokesman said.

Selenskyj welcomes the proposal – the adviser rejects it

Kiev sent mixed signals in response to Beijing’s paper on Friday. “China started talking about Ukraine, which is not bad,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said at a press conference on Friday. Ukraine should cooperate with China. “Our job is to unite all to isolate one,” he says, referring to Russia.

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Counselor to the President, Mykhailo Podoliak, rejected the letter. “Any ‘peace plan’ that envisages only a ‘ceasefire’ and consequent new division line and occupation of territories is not about peace,” he wrote on Twitter. Rather, it is a question of a “war deadlock,” the “next stages of genocide”—and thus a failure. Ukraine continues to push for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the internationally recognized 1991 borders.

Russia insists on recognizing annexations

The Foreign Ministry in Moscow is using China’s push to once again announce its terms for ending the war. “We welcome the sincere desire of our Chinese friends to help resolve the conflict in Ukraine by peaceful means,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday. “We share Beijing’s considerations.”

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However, a basic precondition for a diplomatic solution is the cessation of Western arms supplies to Ukraine, the cessation of all hostilities, and the return of Ukraine to a neutral, non-aligned state. In addition, the “new territorial realities” – namely the illegal annexation of several Ukrainian territories by Russia – must be recognized. Zakharova reaffirmed Moscow’s original war goal – the “militarization and destruction” of Ukraine.

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