BLUFAs the invasion of Ukraine continues, Washington, the EU and NATO will be closely watching China’s statements for clues as to what role China might play in the 2022 Russo-Ukraine Conflict.
This article by Anastasia Kapetas, writing for ASPI, makes the following points:
- China and Russia’s ‘no limits’ statement made it clear that the two countries share a fundamental worldview that opposes the expansion of both NATO and democracy.
- This month, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, affirmed the Russia–China partnership would endure and grow, despite how ‘challenging the international situation may be’.
- China is pursuing a delicate balance between its strategic and economic relationship with Russia while maintaining key (Western) economic relationships.
- Beijing will need to decide how to handle Russia’s political and economic isolation as international outrage at Putin’s invasion reaches fever pitch.
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References from the Web:
- FEB 2022 Ukraine invasion a crystallising moment for a more dangerous, divided world—ASPI
- MAR 2022 China needs to rethink its Russia policy—Lowy Institute
- MAR 2022 The costs of China's 'no limits' support for Putin. Did Beijing get played with the Ukraine invasion?—CBC News