Here’s an idea for peace in Ukraine. China, the United States, Britain, Germany and France will work together to press Kyiv and Moscow to sit at the negotiating table. That’s all the members of the United Nations permanent security council, plus the European Union’s most powerful state. How fitting and necessary! Minus Germany, they are all the original nuclear-armed nations and the world is facing the possibility of a nuclear war threatening to spiral out of control. That’s how international diplomacy usually works, when those involved actually want results. That won’t happen any time soon, though. The West is arming Ukraine and it won’t stop until its war aims are achieved in this openly acknowledged proxy war. Meanwhile, the Western propaganda against China will continue relentlessly to blame it for not ending the war. Russia may be the junior partner in this relationship but the stakes are too high for Moscow to follow just the say-so of Beijing. In his state visit to China, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz again urged Beijing last week to use its influence on Russia to stop the war, during talks with President Xi Jinping. If he had meant business, he would have proposed that Germany and China work together to push the combatants to the negotiating table rather than calling on Beijing to tell Russia to stop the war while continuing to flood Ukraine with powerful German weapons. But the West doesn’t want peace, at least for now. In fact, talking publicly about a diplomatic solution is a no-no, guaranteed to rain down opprobrium on you. Russian military officials discussed using nuke in Ukraine: US report Two weeks ago, there was the absurd spectacle of the progressive caucus of the Democrats in the US House of Representatives retracting, after less than a day, a letter to President Joe Biden sent by 30 members calling for “a proactive diplomatic push” to end the conflict. But in the war-like atmosphere of Washington, calling for talks is heresy. Facing critics from different sides, the caucus chairwoman had to offer a contrite explanation afterwards. Scholz himself has been rounded on by his own coalition government partners for going to China, partly because of Beijing’s alleged support for Russia’s war. The rest of the world wants an end to the war, but the West is happy to let it drag on. In a rare candid moment back in August, US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield acknowledged that 40 million people around the world – an underestimate – would become food-insecure and that sub-Saharan Africa would be hit worst as a result of the war. Today, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, the Vatican and at least half the countries in South America, the 22 member states of the Arab League, and the 55 member states of the African Union have appealed for immediate peace talks. These voices of the Global South represent the majority of humanity. G7 grapples with Ukraine, China and Iran “Most puzzling to us is the idea that a conflict like this is in essence being encouraged to continue indefinitely,” said a top African diplomat quoted anonymously by Reuters. The West is ignoring the rest of the world while claiming, as usual, to speak on its behalf. Recently, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, herself of Ukrainian descent, was asked by an African Development Bank official about whether the needs of his continent were being neglected by the West. She made it clear that “defending democracy” took priority. She said: “Democracy can only be defended by people themselves if they’re actually prepared to die for their democracy” and that “[Ukrainians] are fighting for themselves. ... The countries of Africa ... this is a choice they need to make for themselves. … We have to set aside paternalism.” Freeland just stated Western paternalism and moralism of the worst kind. The rest of the world sees a proxy war, with themselves being the collateral damage. At least China is not fuelling the war while starving the poorest nations.