Winter Olympics truce works!Russia and Ukraine may hold talks in Beijing, excluding the United States

2022-05-21 0 By

In order to create a good international environment for the Beijing Winter Olympics, the UN has approved a truce proposed by China and other countries, which requires countries to manage differences during the Games.At present, the biggest uncertainty is the situation between Russia and Ukraine. The two sides are on the verge of conflict on the border.The good news, however, is that the truce has worked and talks are likely to take place in Beijing.According to, Putin’s spokesman, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the media recently that according to the original plan, Putin will only hold bilateral meetings with Chinese leaders during the Beijing Winter Olympics, but also does not rule out meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.Judging from Peskov’s remarks, Russia did not completely deny the possibility of a russia-Ukraine meeting in Beijing. Indeed, the Beijing Winter Olympics may become an important opportunity for reconciliation between Russia and Ukraine, and China is the host.In the midst of continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, not only Russia is looking at China, but the United States is also looking at China.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, during which Blinken asked China to use its strong influence to bring Russia back to the path of a diplomatic solution, media reported on Monday.After the phone call, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland called on China to put pressure on Russia, saying it would not be in China’s interest if a conflict broke out between Russia and Ukraine.So why are both the US and Russia looking at China when it comes to Russia and Ukraine?First of all, China is the only country that can influence both the US and Russia. Besides China, there is no other country in the world that can exert such significant influence on both the US and Russia.Other countries, or not enough weight, such as Britain, Germany and so on;Or the status (relationship) is not enough, such as Japan, South Korea, etc.Only China has both the power to “talk” with the US and Russia, especially With Putin, so both the US and Russia are looking at China, indeed because of China’s power.Second, China has always advocated a “peaceful solution” to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.For example, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Blinken that China is committed to achieving peace between Russia and Ukraine on the basis of the New Minsk Agreement.To put it bluntly, Ukraine should refrain from using force to “recapture” pro-russian cities in eastern Ukraine. In this way, Russia will not send troops to prevent it, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis will not lead to a large-scale war.This position is acceptable to Russia. In fact, Putin has been advocating this position. It is not clear whether the US will accept it or not.The Olympic Games were born to ease international disputes and create a window for countries to resolve disputes. Therefore, if Russia and Ukraine can make peace with each other at the Winter Olympics, it will also be a big achievement for China.Regarding the Ukraine issue, the United States has only been putting pressure on Russia without making any concessions, which has led to the deterioration of the situation step by step.For Russia’s part, the United States must stop its military presence in Ukraine, or it will threaten Russian territory, but the United States has refused to comply.Now that the United States is out, it may be better able to defuse the situation. As an influential world power, China has the ability to mediate between Russia and Ukraine.But the most important thing is for Russia and Ukraine to understand and support each other and seek common ground while shelving differences. Otherwise, no matter how hard China tries, it will be of no avail.Mr Zelensky, a former comedian with no roots in Ukrainian politics, is elected but must follow America’s lead in order to govern in Ukraine.To be sure, Zelensky could set aside the US and hold a meeting with Germany, France and Russia, which would help him raise his bid to the US, but it should be noted that how far Zelensky can go depends ultimately on the ATTITUDE of the US.Could the Beijing Olympics be a platform for rapprochement between Russia and Ukraine?For now, it’s unlikely, but as Peskov put it, “you can’t completely rule it out.” That’s how “mysterious” politics is.