Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang made a rare phone call to his Ukrainian counterpart to express concerns about the ongoing conflict with Russia, urging for talks on a political solution.
This comes ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Russia as a show of support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
While China has sought to remain neutral in the conflict, it declared a "no-limits" friendship with Russia in 2022 and has refused to condemn Moscow's invasion.
The visit is expected to focus on discussions related to Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba to discuss the risk of the war in Ukraine spiraling out of control.
Qin expressed concerns and urged for peace negotiations with Russia.
While China has positioned itself as neutral, with a 'no-limits' friendship with Russia, it has called on the international community to create conditions for peace talks.
The phone call occurred ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is expected to address the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
While China has refused to condemn Moscow's invasion, both China and Ukraine have retained diplomatic ties.
Kuleba emphasized the importance of territorial integrity to Qin and stressed the significance of the Ukraine president's "Peace Formula" to end the ongoing conflict.