U.S. dismisses China’s role in diplomacy amid Zelenskyy’s critique over Peace Summit

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping

The U.S. questioned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's criticism of China over the Global Peace Summit, saying it's difficult to see how China could play a useful diplomatic role at this time.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller made the comments at a briefing, adding that the U.S. supports the Global Peace Summit and wants it to be successful,

“I'll just say that when it comes to the peace summit — I'll speak for the United States — we support the peace summit," Miller said.

"We want it to be successful, and that's why you see the Vice President of the U.S. at this summit. We support Ukraine's diplomatic efforts."

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The U.S. has always been clear that China can play a useful diplomatic role in resolving this conflict if it wants to, Miller said.

"But now it's hard to see how China can play that role, given the Chinese actions we've seen in recent months to rebuild Russia's defense and industrial base."

The U.S. will continue to make clear to China that it opposes these actions and will hold those responsible accountable, he said.

Global Peace Summit in Switzerland on June 15-16

The first Global Peace Summit will be held on June 15-16 in the Swiss resort town of Burgenstock, near Lucerne.

107 countries have confirmed participation in the summit as of June 3, the Presidential Office (PO) reported.

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Russia will not be present at the meeting.

The PO doesn't rule out Russia's participation in future summits, but not at the inaugural meeting of world leaders, Yermak said.

The Swiss Foreign Ministry admitted that the peace process is "unthinkable" without Russia.

The summit is expected to include German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other world leaders.

Ukrainian intelligence has reliable information that Russia wants to disrupt the summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on April 24.

China refused to participate in the peace summit in Switzerland, Reuters, citing its own sources, reported on May 31. China later officially confirmed that they would not attend the meeting.

Beijing is trying to disrupt the Global Peace Summit scheduled for June 15-16 in Switzerland, Zelenskyy said at a June 2 press conference in Singapore.

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