Just weeks after the United States sent over $40 billion dollars worth of aid to Ukraine, President Zelensky is now seeking help from China.
President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the South China Morning Post stated he wished to urgently speak to China’s leader Xi Jinping.
Zelensky would go on to say that China is very powerful and could help influence Russia into ending the Ukraine-Russia war.
The Ukrainian president is also urging China to help build back parts of Ukraine that were damaged by missiles.
Volodymyr Zelensky Asks Xi Jinping for Talks, Invites China to Rebuild Ukraine https://t.co/d3Vyg1qBeo
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 6, 2022
Reuters had more on the story:
Ukraine is seeking an opportunity to speak “directly” with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help end its war with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday.
In an interview with SCMP, the Ukrainian leader urged China to use its outsize political and economic influence over Russia to bring an end to the fighting.
“It’s a very powerful state. It’s a powerful economy … So (it) can politically, economically influence Russia. And China is [also a] permanent member of the UN Security Council,” the report quoted Zelenskiy as saying.
Breitbart got the scoop too:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the South China Morning Post on Thursday that he would like to discuss his country’s war against Russia with the leader of Russia’s closest ally, Xi Jinping, “directly,” and invited China to help rebuild Ukraine once the war is over.
Zelensky’s discussion with the Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, was the first with an Asian news outlet since Russia escalated its eight-year-old war against Ukraine into a full-scale invasion in February. Zelensky used the opportunity to request a personal discussion with Xi, a genocidal communist dictator who is largely bankrolling the invasion of Ukraine through large purchases of cheap Russian oil and gas.
Ukraine is a member of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global program to trap poor countries in predatory loans to China that they cannot afford. The loans are nominally meant to pay China for massive infrastructure projects. China was also Ukraine’s top trading partner prior to the war. Last year, Zelensky said he hoped that Ukraine would become a “bridge to Europe” for Chinese influence in his last conversation with Xi.
While welcoming Chinese financing and failing to criticize China for maintaining a strong alliance with Russia throughout this year’s invasion, Zelensky has been slightly more critical of the Chinese Communist Party than his predecessors, unilaterally sanctioning the world’s second-largest economy last year after a Chinese company tried to buy a key Ukrainian defense corporation.
Does this not give you the slightest pause- So China comes into Afghanistan and now controls rare mineral desposits – and Now after we provide Billions ! , Zelinsky invites China to help REBUILD UKRAINE? https://t.co/Of6nfeCThA
— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) August 6, 2022