Xi Jinping's meeting with Putin puts us in uncomfortable position

Xi Jinping's meeting with Putin puts us in uncomfortable position

Xi Jinping's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow put Washington in an uncomfortable position as two adversaries discuss a Ukraine peace proposal that the U.S. has deemed unacceptable.

U.S. officials have publicly expressed deep skepticism about the Chinese idea, saying that it would reward Moscow's invasion by cementing its territorial gains. The proposal and the meetings have resulted in a sense of unease within the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, leading to questions about the U.S. approach to the two countries.

One administration official said the U.S. is worried about being backed into a corner over the Chinese proposal, because of the fact that he asked not to be identified as discussing internal deliberations. Regardless of the U.S. reservations, dismissing it outright could cause China to argue to other nations that are weary of the war and of the economic damage it is wreaking - that Washington isn't interested in peace.

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