China to Send Special Envoys to Ukraine, Russia From Monday


President Xi Jinping announced China would send an envoy to Ukraine last month, during his first call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

China will dispatch a special envoy to Ukraine, Russia, and other European nations from Monday, as Beijing steps up its efforts for a diplomatic resolution to Moscow’s war.

Ambassador Li Hui, special representative of the Chinese government for Eurasian Affairs, will also visit Poland, France and Germany on the trip, China’s Foreign Ministry announced. Li is a former ambassador to Moscow.

“The visit of Chinese representatives to relevant countries is another manifestation of China’s commitment to facilitate dialogue, and fully demonstrates that China firmly stands on the side of peace,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press briefing in Beijing on Friday.

President Xi Jinping announced China would send an envoy to Ukraine last month, during his first call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy since Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbor. The Chinese leader is looking to bolster his image as a global peacemaker after coming under pressure from Western powers for failing to condemn President Vladimir Putin’s war.

The call with Zelenskiy came shortly after China’s ambassador to France questioned the sovereignty of other former Soviet states under international law on a French TV channel, which provoked anger from Baltic states and others. China later removed a transcript of the remarks and said they didn’t represent government policy.

Henry Wang Huiyao, founder of the Center for China and Globalization, described the decision to send a Chinese envoy to Ukraine as “really significant.”

“China should be actively mediating and participating so that people will take this seriously, and people will see China can play a positive role,” he said. “That’s going to improve relations with both European countries and, of course, even in the US.”