China’s ‘Neutrality’ in the Ukraine War Is Coming Under Increasing Fire

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony in Moscow, Russia, June 5, 2019 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony in Moscow, Russia, June 5, 2019 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
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As the war in Ukraine rages on and China faces growing pressure to end its diplomatic tap dance around the conflict, Beijing is increasingly shifting its attention toward providing humanitarian aid and brokering peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. But although Chinese officials continue to insist on Beijing’s neutrality on what it describes as “the Ukraine crisis,” China’s refusal to take a side may come at a high cost. At the moment, Western observers are even worried that China might begin to actively back Russia in the conflict. Russia has already turned to China for military hardware and aid in […]

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