February 24 – It was about a year ago that Russia invaded Ukraine and now China has a plan to end the war.
You read that right: China.
The country’s officials have apparently put together a 12-point plan to end the war that involves a cease fire, peace talks and an end to sanctions against Russia. Beijing also has asked for measures that would prevent attacks on civilians.
China claims to be neutral, but also apparently has a no-limits friendship with Russia.
Johnathan Savage of Fox News said, “The US believes China could be preparing to offer Moscow military assistance and is skeptical about Beijing’s ability to broker peace.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “This is a massive story, when have another $500 million going unaccountable to Ukraine from Joe Biden last week. You’ve got tanks not talks, a hint of a possible discussion within the last 365 for some peace here. You have children’s arms and limbs blown off. Dead children, dead grandmothers, dead people all over the streets in Ukraine and all you’ve got is billions of dollars and the ghouls in Washington licking their chops to send more tanks and more of this unaccountable money to Ukraine.”
The top diplomat in China met this week with Vladimir Putin. Yesterday the general assembly in the United Nations had a non-binding resolution that called for Russia to end the hostilities in Ukraine.
China abstained from the vote, but then rolled out the 12-point plan.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I realize China is maybe not the most honest broker, but if you look at the 12-point plan, I don’t think anyone would disagree with the 12 items they’re recommending.”
Some of the points are quite general doctrines, like all hostilities would immediately cease and all country’s sovereignties would be respected. Peace talks would begin. Prisoners of war would be protected and nuclear weapons would be put away.
Barkdoll said, “It’s not clear what’s driving this. We know earlier in the week the US said they thought China might be back-door supplying weapons to Russia to feed into this Ukrainian conflict.”
About six months ago, a group of Democrats released a letter to the White House saying it was time to engage in peace talks, but the next day they retracted it because they got a lot of push-back from it.
Barkdoll said, “This is a big story. We’re on the one-year anniversary of this war. Depending on what source you look at, tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians and Russians have been killed. That number goes up every day and again, no end in sight.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “It’s hilarious. Janet Yellen (US Secretary of the Treasury) comes out wagging her finger, warning China of serious consequences if it helps Russia evade US sanctions and calling for tighter economic restrictions on Moscow. They’re not suffering that badly economically. A very interesting stat I heard yesterday that out of all these countries that say they support us, 141 or something, there’s really only 33 that are actively engaged in this in any meaningful way. Only 33 are sanctioning Russia. You have a lot of countries benefiting with trade and other things with Russia. We look so weak. We look so ineffective. Why should they listen to us or care about what we say? You have South Africa actually engaging in military exercises with Russia and China. Maybe providing ammunition is something that is out there, rumored and very disturbing to hear. We don’t have the juice we used to have in the world and whey should they listen to us? When all they do is downplay our own country and say how terrible we are. China has very effectively come out and said why are you criticizing us for human rights abuses? You apparently are lynching black people in America right now according to your president.”
Barkdoll said, “The sanctions thing is always baffling to me. I saw just yesterday Biden said we’re going to levy more sanctions on Russia. I thought we were already at maximum sanctions. I don’t know how many more tools are in the toolbox with sanctions they keep rolling out. I take from that all of these sanctions we’ve been hearing about for years now apparently have been insufficient at cutting off Russia from whatever supply they need. The meter on this just keeps running.”
Ukraine has received several billion dollars in aid from foreign countries in the EU recently.
Jansen said, “Marjorie Taylor Greene is saying she’s going to reintroduce a resolution for accountability for what’s happening to this money. How did that go away? Republicans weren’t in charge of the House. So now that they are, hopefully that’s going to go somewhere, but we’re not even accounting for this money.”