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How to tell if China is trying to stop the war in Ukraine

08 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. China, as Russia's most significant ally and trade partner, has so far supported Russia, providing diplomatic, commercial, and military backing when it comes to Ukraine.

China, far and away Russia's most crucial ally and trade partner, is the one country that might have the leverage to force Vladimir Putin to rethink his ruinous war in Ukraine. So far, President Xi Jinping has refused to exercise that power; for the most part, he has done quite the opposite, exposing Beijing's hypocrisy in the process.

In February, Point No. 1 of a 12-part Chinese statement of principles, supposedly intended to promote a settlement in the war, embraced the core tenet of the United Nations Charter that all countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity "must be effectively upheld." Rather than condemning Moscow's unwarranted war of territorial conquest, however, Mr. Xi proclaimed a "no limits" partnership with Russia on the eve of the war and has enabled the Kremlin's aggression by providing it with critical diplomatic, commercial and military backing since then.

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