Xi unlikely to ditch his ‘best friend’ Putin despite Ukraine pressure

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Courtney Fung of Macquarie University said: “China’s relationship with Russia, growing overseas interests and concern for its international reputation make it a key actor for Ukraine to approach for mediation.” Fung noted that Beijing had helped mediate international disputes involving North Korea, Afghanistan and Syria. But it did not offer to play such a role when Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 or when it invaded Georgia in 2008.

 

Period3 Mar 2022

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