Beijing could convince the world that Washington does not want an end to the conflict, Bloomberg has reported, citing a White House official
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow, Russia, on March 21, 2023. © Sputnik / Pavel Byrkin
There is a “sense of unease” in the White House about the consequences of its dismissal of the Chinese peace plan for Ukraine, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing an unnamed official in the administration of President Joe Biden.
In February, the US publicly brushed off the roadmap for peace presented by China for the conflict between Russia and its neighbor.
However, Bloomberg reported that Washington now fears it could be “backed into a corner” by Beijing’s proposals, with the Biden administration said to be concerned that it has created the impression that the US does not want peace.
America’s stance could be used by Beijing to convince nations that are weary of the conflict that the US has no interest in ending the hostilities, Bloomberg added.
“China will likely ramp up messaging that the US is opposed to a ceasefire, that the US is opposed to the end of the war,” former Pentagon official Bonny Lin, who is now a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the media outlet.