China’s attempt to play both sides of the Ukraine crisis is starting to crack

Posted on AllSides March 16th, 2022
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In a recent exchange between U.S. and Chinese experts, the Chinese side, citing minor shifts in language, insisted that Beijing was distancing itself from Vladimir Putin’s war.

For the American participants, according to Jude Blanchette of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who was there, the disbelieving response was: “Oh, really?”

“Their argument was that language had been moving, albeit subtly, to show displeasure with Russia,” Blanchette said about the discussion during the “track-two” nongovernmental exchange. “That struck us as pretty weak sauce.”

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