The War in Ukraine Is Testing China’s New Partnership With Russia

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their talks in Beijing, China, Feb. 4, 2022 (Sputnik photo by Alexei Druzhinin via AP).
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their talks in Beijing, China, Feb. 4, 2022 (Sputnik photo by Alexei Druzhinin via AP).
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As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to draw outrage and reprisals from the international community, China is maintaining the cautious distance from Moscow it has taken since the onset of the crisis, with many observers suggesting that Beijing may have been caught unaware by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to authorize a full-scale invasion, after months of tensions between Kyiv and Moscow. Yet behind China’s heavily censored internet firewall, where media outlets disseminate Russian propaganda and blame the West for instigating the conflict, Chinese internet users see Putin as a hero and are cheering Russia’s incursion on. In a joint statement issued on the […]

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