China’s diplomatic offensive lays down new challenge for US – Fri, March 24 2023


Shaun Tandon (The Jakarta Post)


Agence France-Presse/Washington   ●  
Fri, March 24 2023

Few expect Chinese President Xi Jinping’s diplomacy to yield breakthroughs on the Ukraine war. But in Washington, there are fears Beijing may succeed elsewhere: in winning credibility on the world stage.

Xi pushed forward positions on Ukraine during two days of talks in Moscow, a week after China announced the restoration of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, rivals in a region where the United States has been the main diplomatic powerbroker for decades.

The US has been skeptical of China’s diplomatic offensive, believing its proposed ceasefire would only provide time for Russia to regroup forces that Ukrainians have been succeeding in pushing back for more than a year.

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