German Chancellor Olaf Scholz claims that during their Friday meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he requested Beijing use its “power” over Moscow to end the Ukraine conflict.
According to Scholz, I stressed to President Xi how critical it is for China to exert influence over Russia. “Russia must immediately halt the strikes, which are causing daily agony to the civilian population, and withdraw from Ukraine.”
Just days before Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, Moscow and Beijing agreed to a no-limits relationship. In response to Western sanctions over the conflict, Russia has worked to build tighter political and economic ties with China.