Global Political Calendar: Ukraine crisis and China Development Forum

In the upcoming week, the Ukraine crisis remains under the spotlight and the China Development Forum will be held to link China with the world.

Russia-Ukraine conflict continues

The Russia-Ukraine conflict continues on Sunday as relevant parties are working to broker a peaceful solution.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday, and urged them to influence the Kyiv authorities to stop "criminal acts" of Ukrainian "nationalist battalions," according to the Kremlin.

The three leaders agreed to continue contacts on Ukrainian issues, the Kremlin said. 

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday that the country will publish individual sanctions against the West in the near future, while the European Council decided to hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday with a focus exclusively on the Ukraine crisis.

European Council leaders first issued a joint statement on Ukraine on February 15, calling for the "immediate de-escalation of rhetorics and actions and the pursuit of dialogue."

China Development Forum 2022

The China Development Forum (CDF) 2022 will be held online and onsite at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing from March 19 to 21 with the theme of "China and the World: Building Consensus on Development and Cooperation."

Topics of the forum range from world economic recovery and development, emission peaking and carbon neutrality to common prosperity, post-pandemic development, and new forms of consumption revolution.

The CDF, which is hosted by the Development Research Center of the State Council and organized by the China Development Research Foundation, has been held annually since 2000 for 21 consecutive sessions. 

Last year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met overseas attendees of the forum via video link, saying that while maintaining steady economic growth, China also strives for more high-quality development.  

Day by day:

Monday: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Moscow; Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visits Greenland.

Tuesday: 11th anniversary of the outbreak of the Syrian crisis.

Wednesday: NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the Ukraine crisis.

Thursday: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyy gives a speech before Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament via video link. 

Friday: A quiet day in politics.

Saturday: China Development Forum opens in Beijing.

Sunday: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visits Phnom Penh and meets his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen

(with input from agencies)

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