President Xi Jinping of China and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, a close ally of Vladimir Putin, pledged to strengthen defense and security ties. They both agreed on the situation in Ukraine amidst escalating geopolitical tensions happening because of the ongoing war.

At a meeting, as stated in a Chinese Foreign Ministry report, Belarus’ President Lukashenko supported China’s stance on offering a possible political settlement for the Ukraine conflict. China’s 12-point official announcement asks for both parties to acknowledge the United Nations Chapter and offers a way for both parties to resolve the issue while they cease hostilities. 

“Conflict and war benefit no one. All parties must stay rational and exercise restraint, avoid fanning the flames and aggravating tensions, and prevent the crisis from deteriorating further or even spiraling out of control. All parties should support Russia and Ukraine in working in the same direction and resuming direct dialogue as quickly as possible, so as to gradually deescalate the situation and ultimately reach a comprehensive ceasefire,” the proposal states.

China also states that Ukraine and Russia would need to find common ground because UN sanctions are insufficient to pacify both parties. 

“Unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure cannot solve the issue; they only create new problems. China opposes unilateral sanctions unauthorized by the UN Security Council. Relevant countries should stop abusing unilateral sanctions and “long-arm jurisdiction” against other countries, so as to do their share in deescalating the Ukraine crisis and create conditions for developing countries to grow their economies and better the lives of their people.”