EU tells China to play constructive role towards peace in Ukraine

A giant screen shows EU-China virtual summit, in Beijing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission repeated calls on Thursday for China to play a constructive role in establishing peace in Ukraine, after a top EU diplomat met Li Hui, China's special representative for Eurasian Affairs and former ambassador to Russia.

"The EU expects China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to play a constructive role (...) and to recall the necessity to respect the principles of sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity (...) by unconditionally withdrawing all forces and military equipment from the entire territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders," the EU said in a statement.

Last week, Li Hui visited Ukraine and met President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a European tour that Beijing billed as its effort to promote peace talks and a political settlement. He is set to visit Russia on Friday.

(Reporting by Marine Strauss, Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)