China and the Ukraine war: The real reason for Beijing’s charm offensive

Western leaders may be unimpressed – but convincing them was never likely the main goal for Beijing. …

“There is an element of defiance,” said Alexander Korolev, an expert in Sino-Russian ties at the University of New South Wales. “It is signalling: ‘If things get ugly between us, I have someone to go to. Russia is not alone, which means that I will not be alone when there is a confrontation… don’t get comfortable in bullying me.'”


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