Since the war between Russia and Ukraine broke out, China has insisted on its “neutral” position, considered low-key support for Russia. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who openly criticizes NATO and even the European Union, has never questioned China’s position.

According to Vision Times, the first reason is that Kyiv and Beijing have had friendly relations for decades. Kyiv used to buy at low prices many Russian-designed and manufactured military products from China, such as aircraft carriers, amphibious combat ships, and heavy bomber engines.

The second reason is that Ukraine joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative in 2017. Before the war, the bilateral trade volume reached 19 billion dollars per year, and it has replaced Russia as the most prominent business partner. 

After joining the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese companies have invested in a large number of agricultural, infrastructure, energy, and communications projects in Ukraine, including the ports of Malibu and Odesa, currently ravaged by war.

Before the war between Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine imported machinery and equipment and various consumer goods from China. Meanwhile, China imported minerals, corn, sunflower oil, aviation engines and missile parts, and other vital armaments from Ukraine.

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