China's Ukraine envoy Li Hui
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MERICS Europe China 360°
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Li Hui’s Europe tour 2.0 + Beijing’s mediation as seen from Kyiv + Market distortions

In this issue of MERICS Europe China 360°, we cover the following topics:

  • Li Hui’s Europe tour 2.0: Shuttle diplomacy for pro-Russian peace
  • Prospects for Beijing’s mediation as seen from Kyiv
  • The EU ramps up action against China’s market distortions

Li Hui’s Europe tour 2.0: Shuttle diplomacy for pro-Russian peace

By Grzegorz Stec 

Between March 2 and 11 Li Hui, China's Special Representative on Eurasian Affairs, was back in Europe for round two of shuttle diplomacy aimed officially to “mediate and build consensus” to end the “Ukraine crisis” – Beijing’s euphemism for Russia’s invasion. 

In many ways it is déjà vu. In May last year Li toured the same destinations, albeit in a different order, promoting a then recently released position paper from China on the “Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis” (often incorrectly referred to as peace plan).

This round of Li Hui’s shuttle diplomacy was about strengthening China’s position and probing the EU’s resolve to find space for a peace formula that would accommodate Russia’s demands – all the while work proceeds for the Swiss-hosted international peace conference in the summer.