French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged China to play a “greater mediation role” to help avoid an escalation of the Ukraine war, a day after talks with his Chinese counterpart.
“China can play a greater mediation role, alongside us, in the coming months,” said Macron, adding that he had discussed a possible trip to China early next year with President Xi Jinping.
China has declined to put pressure on Moscow over its nearly nine-month-old invasion, and helped shield Russia from diplomatic censure at forums such as the United Nations.
But recently it has hinted at its displeasure with how Russia has prosecuted the war, and particularly dark rhetoric from President Vladimir Putin threatening the use of nuclear weapons.
Xi and Macron met Tuesday on the sidelines of the G20 summit, with the French leader calling for the two countries to unite against the war.