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China's Xi Jinping leaves Zelensky out of Ukraine diplomatic push

Zelenskiy aide Andriy Yermak on Tuesday called for an exchange with Xi sometime "very soon"

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping

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 Zelensky. 
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.”
When asked Wednesday why Xi hadn’t spoken with Zelensky, Foreign Ministry

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First Published: Mar 24 2022 | 3:26 PM IST

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