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Russia Playing Up China’s Support Amid Ukraine Losses – CNN

A statement from the Duma said a top Beijing official assured them “China understands and supports Russia on issues that represent its vital interests, in particular the situation in Ukraine”


Russia is playing up China's alleged support for its war in Ukraine, CNN says.
Some China watchers noted that the Russian version of meetings with Li Zhanshu went into far greater detail than the Chinese account of their meetings and that might upset officials in Beijing. Chinese officials have not publicly endorsed the "necessity" of Russia's invasion previously. This pic shows people near a residential building in Mariupol that was heavily damaged during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. File photo: Reuters.

 

After a series of stunning military defeats in Ukraine over the past week, Russia is playing up China’s support for its invasion, days before President Vladimir Putin meets his Chinese counterpart at a regional summit in Uzbekistan, according to a report by CNN, which said China’s top legislator Li Zhansu met Vyacheslav Volodin, chair of the State Duma, and Russian lawmakers in Moscow after attending a business forum in Vladivostok.

A statement from the Duma said Li assured members that “China understands and supports Russia on issues that represent its vital interests, in particular the situation in Ukraine”, where the US and NATO were expanding their presence near the Russian borders, the report said, noting that the Russian statement used “unequivocal supportive language” that was “missing from the Chinese readout of the meetings”, and that Li was not quoted as making any reference to Ukraine at all in an account run by Xinhua.

Read the full report: CNN.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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