From Beijing to London, Blinken pushes for Ukraine peace deal and recovery

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken focuses on Ukraine’s post-war recovery as he meets U.K. officials ahead of the Ukraine Recovery Conference.

From China to London: Blinken recently had “candid, substantive, and constructive” talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and welcomes China’s involvement in negotiating an end to the Ukraine war.
* Blinken praised China’s peace principles, stating that “China playing that role would be positive.”

China’s mediating role: Beijing has successfully mediated in conflicts involving countries not friendly towards the U.S., such as Iran, and has the diplomatic ability to broker regional peace agreements.
* However, China’s refusal to take sides in the Ukraine conflict may hinder its ability to broker a peace deal.

Conference apprehensions: Some countries attending the Ukraine Recovery Conference are wary of China’s role, concerned about competition for “hearts and minds” in Ukraine once the war has stopped.
* China’s massive infrastructure projects around the world, including Kyiv’s metro network, may create support through large-scale capital reconstruction programs.

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