On February 18, 2023, local time, Wang Yi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, meets upon request with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. (Photo from Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
By Nie Shuyi
The ongoing Ukrainian crisis, which has lasted for nearly a year, is still impacting the world. On February 18, 2023, local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi met upon request with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. Wang said that China does not want to see the crisis being prolonged and escalated and is willing to work with the international community to prevent the situation from getting worse and strive to bring about peace. Calling for peace is a strong signal passed by this meeting.
Since the Ukraine crisis broke out on February 24, 2022, it has caused huge damage and losses. Filippo Grandi, the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said that the Ukrainian refugee crisis is still the largest crisis in the world. At present, about six million Ukrainians are displaced within the country, and about 4.8 million refugees are seeking asylum from European countries. At the same time, the civil infrastructure including transportation, medical care, water, and power that are related to people's basic survival in Ukraine was severely damaged in the conflict. Many towns and villages in eastern and southern Ukraine were even razed to the ground. The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has has been at the edge of major accidents several times during the conflict.
In addition, the spillover effect of the Ukraine crisis has seriously impacted global political and economic security. Affected by the crisis, the prices of global energy, food, and fertilizer commodity fluctuated violently in 2022, and the stability of international prices was affected. For developing countries, the soaring price of basic living materials such as food not only led to serious humanitarian disasters but also had an impact on the political and social stability of some countries.
Facts have repeatedly proved that there is no winner in military conflict, and there is no simple answer to complex issues. The confrontation between major powers must be avoided. But it is regrettable that the US, which is indulging in the Cold War thinking and hegemony mindset, has continuously stirred up trouble and created disturbances. The root cause of the Ukraine crisis is that the US-led NATO continues to pursue the so-called "absolute security" in the European continent, and constantly squeezes and erodes Russia's security and strategic space.
In the past 12 months, the US has continuously "added fuel to the fire". Since the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis, the weapons and equipment assisted by the US have become increasingly aggressive, which has exposed the US’s ambition behind the so-called "defend Ukraine" rhetoric. In fact, the US's geopolitical ambition is to use the Ukraine crisis to suppress, and even crush Russia.
In this case, it is difficult for the Ukraine crisis to truly move toward peace. In fact, since the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis, Russia and Ukraine have held multiple rounds of negotiations and made significant progress, but there is still no sign of peace. Even the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the only result of negotiations, once faced the threat of collapse, and the underlying reasons behind it are clear to all.
In May 2022, New York Times columnist Christopher Caldwell wrote an article which said that a large number of deadly weapons and massive funding would escalate the war (Russia-Ukraine conflict) to a different level. "The West, led by the Biden administration, is giving the conflict a momentum that may be impossible to stop," he quoted.
At present, all efforts should be made to stop any behavior that fans the flames and exacerbates the situation and prevent the escalation and expansion of conflicts at all costs. The more complex the situation, the more necessary it is to adopt a calm and pragmatic attitude. As the war drags on, we must not give up our efforts to pursue peace. All parties should work towards peace and strive to achieve it as soon as possible.
Editor's note: Originally published on haiwainet.cn, this article is translated from Chinese into English and edited by the China Military Online. The information and opinions in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of eng.chinamil.com.cn.