Ukraine warned about China’s ‘debt diplomacy’

epa07799181 A handout picture made available by the presidential press service shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) shakes hands with John Bolton (R), during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 28 August 2019. John Bolton arrived to Kiev to meet with top Ukrainian officials. EPA-EFE/STR HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser told Ukraine on Wednesday to avoid being lured into China’s orbit by what he called Beijing’s “debt diplomacy” amid a Chinese move to buy a Ukrainian aerospace giant.

Reuters reports that the United States sees pro-Western Ukraine as an ally on the frontline of its geopolitical tussle with Russia, Kiev’s Soviet-era overlord, but Bolton used his two-day trip to warn of intellectual property theft by China and unfair trade practices.

John Bolton’s warning to Ukraine comes as Washington is locked in a trade war with Beijing and has sounded the alarm over China’s rapid technological advances and the global clout of its technology giant Huawei [HWT.UL].

RFL reports that  U.S. special peace envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, says Russian propaganda is making it a challenge to solve the conflict in the east of the country.

Speaking to RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service in Washington, Volker said Moscow’s denial of responsibility for its role in the battle between separatists and Ukrainian forces in the eastern part of the country “makes it much harder for the international community to insist that Russia actually fulfill its obligations” under the Minsk peace agreements signed in 2014 and 2015 that were aimed at resolving the conflict.


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