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Ukraine war

Behind Ukraine peace proposal, China foresees end to war in summer

Simulation by military academy prompts Beijing to push cease-fire plan

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Moscow, a trip Xi is still considering.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- After avoiding getting too deeply involved in Russia’s war in Ukraine over the past year, China suddenly offered a peace proposal last month. Chinese military experts’ prediction that the war will come to an end this summer is likely behind this about-face.

When over 200 world leaders and senior officials gathered in Munich for last month's security conference, Wang Yi, China's top diplomat, told the attendees that China would soon announce a plan to become a mediator in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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