China claims role of Ukrainian blue helmet despite tacit support for Putin
“China is deeply saddened to see the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and is very concerned about the harm caused to civilians.”
Despite this, China’s position has not changed. He continues to blame the United States and NATO for the conflict, and there are no signs that he is preparing to back down and condemn Russia.
Wang’s latest comments confirm the theory that Beijing was caught off guard by Putin’s actions in Ukraine and now finds itself in the uncomfortable position of being viewed by the West as complicit in Europe’s bloodiest conflict since the end of the war. Second World War.
China wants to be seen by the world as a global peacekeeper working in the best interest of mankind.
Xi Jinping’s support for Putin on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics – at a time when it was unclear Russia would launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine – backfired.
“While Beijing thought it was manipulating Russia for its own anti-American agenda, Russia was manipulating China in a much more vigorous and realistic way,” Yun Sun, senior fellow at the Washington-based Stimson Center, wrote this week. .
“And people need to question the competence of Chinese intelligence gathering, especially in Russia and about Russia.”
Another key reason China turned to Ukraine was to get its help in evacuating its 6,000 citizens trapped in a war zone.
According to state media, 600 Chinese students fled the capital Kyiv and the southern city of Odessa on Monday, while another 1,000 Chinese citizens were due to leave on Tuesday.
Beijing’s refusal to condemn Russia’s actions and the backlash against Ukraine on Chinese social media means Chinese citizens trapped in the country have more to fear than Russian artillery fire.
Early suggestions that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would encourage Xi to move to Taiwan have now been superseded by an alternative theory.
“Assuming Ukraine resists, if even indirect Western intervention proves sufficient to prevent a great power invasion, it will make Beijing think twice about military adventurism,” Wen-Ti Sung said. , Lecturer in Taiwanese Studies at the Australian National University.