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Here’s how Chinese media is covering Ukraine


On February 27, 2022, the Shanghai Branch of Communist Party Newspaper, People’s Daily was launched.

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BEIJING — In China, tightly controlled coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has focused heavily on negotiations.

Beijing has been promoting negotiations as China attempts to distance itself from Russia more than it was during the high-profile February meeting between Chinese Presidents Xi JinpingRussian President Vladimir Putin.

The Ukrainian delegation was arriving at the Belarus border to begin talks with Russia. Chinese state media quickly updated the situation and live streamed the event. Reports of Xi calling Putin on Friday night, which focused on Putin’s willingness for negotiations, were published by state media.

China’s Foreign Ministry continued to emphasize negotiations when the war started on Thursday. It said that China didn’t like the things it was seeing. it refused to categorize the attack as an invasion.

State media coverage

Chinese state media have instead used the phrase “special military operation.” The Russian-Ukraine Conflict was mentioned by CCTV, a state-owned broadcaster. However, it is only briefly.

The war discussion has tended to be more about negotiations than it was on Russia’s attack.

While state news agency Xinhua had published visual reports regarding the Ukrainian refugees, others carried by Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily claimed that they showed refugees crossing the Russian border.

Xinhua occasionally livestreams from Kyiv, mostly to document the lives of people living in “conflict.”

Fan Xianrong from China released a fast 10-minute video that he recorded while visiting Ukraine.

According to an English-language statement by China’s foreign ministry, Wang Yi, the Chinese minister said Tuesday that China was “deeply sad” to witness the conflict. Local media published the Chinese readout of the conference call, which stated that it was about the evacuation of Chinese citizens.

The war on terror has been discussed by the state-controlled financial media.

However, as it is so often in China’s media coverage, the focus has been overwhelmingly on Xi’s speeches and other domestic events.

Beijing is focused on what is typically a politically sensitive time of the year — a largely symbolic gathering of delegates in the capital to approve the GDP growth target, national budget and other policy measures. This meeting will last for at least one week and kickoff on Saturday.

The China-U.S. relationship is being discussed

Russia’s invading of Ukraine was coincident with the 50th Anniversary of U.S. president Richard Nixon’s visit to China. This also marked a significant thaw for U.S. relations.

The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang stressed the importance and need for U.S. and China relations, as well as the necessity to encourage cooperation and return to “right” tracks. These comments were made by Chinese state media.

China’s foreign minister spokespeople blame the U.S., citing Russia-Ukraine tensions as the reason. State media broadcasts every evening show that the U.S. is failing to manage the pandemic or maintain stability in the Middle East.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce refused to answer any questions about the United States, Russia or Ukraine during Tuesday’s press conference.