Monday, March 20, 2023

Why Ukraine may embrace China’s peace plan – Asia Times

The several dozen attendees, many of whom had held cabinet or sub-cabinet positions, met under Chatham House rules, which forbid identification of individual participants but allow the content itself to be presented.

Overwhelmingly, the sentiment of participants leaned towards escalation in the form of providing additional weapons to Ukraine. One prominent analyst proposed the formation of a “foreign legion” of fighters from other countries to supplement Ukraine’s shrinking pool of trained manpower.

The great majority of participants favored risking everything for absolute victory over Russia. None of the attendees mentioned the qualms that former president Donald Trump voiced on May 17 about the risk of nuclear escalation in Ukraine.

The question of how the Russia-Ukraine war might escalate into a broader conflict received no attention. Their frustration, rather, was that Ukraine seems less likely to defeat Russia, even if the West makes the maximum effort and risks escalation.

We should not be surprised, one of the lead presenters said at the end of the conclave, if Ukraine’s President Zelensky takes up China’s peace plan. No one in the West anticipated that China would mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Although Washington has dismissed China’s peace plan for Ukraine, Zelensky has not. Russia would keep the Sea of Azov and most of the Donbas, a settlement that might be forced on Ukraine as it runs out of manpower and ammunition. America’s view of China is “primitive,” the expert added, and tends to underestimate Chinese sophistication.



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'America’s view of China is “primitive,” the expert added': America's views of Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia and so on also seem to have been primitive.

Why is American ruled by an Establishment that's so ignorant and unsophisticated? What you guys need is another Kissinger.

Posted by: dearieme | Mar 20, 2023 1:23:47 PM

It's become clear that for the US, regime change in Russia is the goal. And we expect the Ukrainians to fight to the last man to achieve that goal. We expect the Ukrainians to weaken the Russians through their sacrifices. Too bad if the country is destroyed in the process, but geo-political considerations are most important. To paraphrase Kissinger:
" It can be dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, but it can be fatal to be an ally."

Posted by: jmod46 | Mar 21, 2023 12:03:10 PM