Two months after issuing a obscure plan for ending the struggle in Ukraine, China’s chief, a detailed ally of Vladimir V. Putin, on Wednesday acceded to repeated requests from the Ukrainian president to speak.

The one-hour phone dialogue between China’s Xi Jinping and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine was the primary recognized contact between the 2 leaders since Russia invaded Ukraine final yr.

China’s official account of the dialogue was notable for its omission of two phrases:…

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