- China's envoy Li Hui urges Europe to assert their autonomy and back an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine, leaving Russia in possession of the parts of the smaller neighbor that it now occupies.
- European officials are rebuffing Beijing's efforts to split the West and question China's ability to act as an honest broker in any negotiations given how closely it is aligned with Moscow.
- China's main interests appear to be to ensure that Russia doesn't lose the war and that Moscow refrains from using nuclear weapons.
- Europe is broadly aligned with Washington in the view that no peace can be achieved in Ukraine without the withdrawal of Russian troops.
- EU and US officials are set to discuss trade relations with China during a high-level meeting of the Trade and Technology Council in northern Sweden next week.
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China, Pushing Ukraine Cease-Fire, Gets Cool Reception in Europe
China's envoy urges Europe to back a cease-fire in Ukraine, leaving Russia in possession of the occupied parts. European officials question China's ability to act as an honest broker.