Following Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the partial mobilization of Russian reservists in the war against Ukraine, China has called for resolving “the issue through dialogue and negotiations.” Beijing has not changed its position on the matter, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Thursday. However, the AFP news agency also quoted Wang saying that Beijing called on all parties to “realize a ceasefire through dialogue and consultations.” This would have been the first time China has directly called for a laying down of arms in the war. However, a subsequently released transcript of the press conference did not mention the word “ceasefire.”
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