Don’t Count on China to Mediate the War in Ukraine

Russia’s aggression has caused anxiety in Beijing, but Xi Jinping has staked too much on his ‘best friend,’ Vladimir Putin.

Before White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met in Rome on Monday, many in the West hoped that Beijing might limit its support for Russia following its invasion of Ukraine or even help end the conflict, having recently talked up its wish to see a cease-fire and its potential interest in a mediating role.

After the seven-hour meeting, the U.S. issued a three-sentence summary noting that the talks were intense and covered a range of concerns including Ukraine.

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