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China 'participated actively’ in Ukraine peace talks in Saudi Arabia

Pro-Kyiv Western countries had failed to secure China’s presence at previous Ukraine peace talks.

China “participated actively” in Ukraine peace talks over the weekend at a summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that brought together senior officials from Kyiv, the West and developing countries, according to reports. Beijing is reportedly keen on progressing to a third round of talks as it emerges as a major player in the bid to end 18-month war.

Until now, pro-Kyiv Western countries had failed to secure China’s presence — seen as the ultimate diplomatic prize, given its power — at previous Ukraine peace talks, including the most recent meeting in Copenhagen on June 24. 

The Guardian reported Sunday that an EU source said that at the Jeddah talks, China “participated actively and was positive about idea a third meeting at this level.”

China's foreign ministry said Monday that the talks helped "consolidate international consensus" regarding how to address the Ukraine crisis, Reuters reported.

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