China’s pathetic response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine proves that it is not a responsible world leader

Barely three weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared a friendship without borders to Vladimir Putin. For a China that promises to use its growing power to advance what it calls a community with a shared future for humanity, Xi, extending the hand of authoritarian solidarity and friendship to the Russian president, will return to speak personally and biting for his country’s global leadership ambitions.

Indeed, Beijing’s evasive and indecisive words and actions since Putin began the invasion show that, despite its promises to other nations, it is unable and unwilling to assume the role of a responsible global leader.

how to be Russian best friend, Xi sits on the proverbial throne in an ivory tower. He is the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong and rules like an emperor from dynastic eras. Xi successfully abolished term limits in the Communist Party constitution, which could allow him to rule for the rest of his life, and enshrined Xi Jinping thought in the document as one of the country’s guiding ideologies. This is the domestic backdrop for a Xi-led China asserting its claim to global leadership.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the boldest and gravest challenge to the existing international order in many decades. The outcome of Putin’s gamble is not yet known. But the past three weeks have already exposed Beijing as dishonest, unwilling and unable to behave as a leader.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (fourth from right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (fourth from left) attend talks in Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (fourth right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (fourth left) attend talks in Beijing February 4, 2022.
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China’s contradictory and indecisive response to the invasion makes this clear. She refuses to condemn Russia or even support an open discussion on the issue, including in the United Nations Security Council, but reiterates the importance of respecting and safeguarding the sovereignty of all countries, including Ukraine’s. Xi has been conspicuously silent despite his “boundless” friendship with Putin. China refuses to impose sanctions on Russia and has even helped soften the blow by lifting previous restrictions on imports of Russian wheat.

In short, Xi belittled himself and his country.


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If Xi does well on the “No Limits” friendship, then China will join Russia as an international pariah, while the growing economic measures against Russia are likely to affect big Chinese companies doing business with Russian companies. If Xi fails Putin, China will lose credibility and standing with its main authoritarian ally, but will not regain lost trust and friendship with liberal democratic nations.

Even if China deserves short-lived praise for it Negotiations for an armistice In Ukraine, Xi’s hubris and hyperbole means his plan for regional and global dominance will have been thrown back. To achieve its ambitions, Beijing needs to create an exclusive sphere of influence in East Asia within which it can shape the domestic and foreign policies of other nations. To do this, China must pull America out of Asia by reducing the effectiveness of its alliances and partnerships, without which Washington cannot maintain its presence in the region. Beijing also needs other Asian countries to become subservient or neutral, rather than trying to balance and counter Chinese power.

Taiwan flags are seen on a square ahead of the National Day celebration in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Oct. 8, 2021.
Taiwan flags are seen on a square ahead of the National Day celebration in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Oct. 8, 2021.
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In other words, China cannot achieve its goals unless it is able to blunt American leadership and lull nations into a false sense of security until it is too late to reverse course.

This is where Putin’s brutality against Ukraine becomes a problem for China. Putin reminds the world that an authoritarian sphere of influence differs from a system controlled by liberal democracies. A Chinese sphere of influence in Asia could be as uncomfortable for other nations as a Russian one over Central and Eastern Europe. Just as Russia reserves the right to use force to resolve disagreements with neighboring countries, China does the same against states such as TaiwanJapan and five nations in the South China Sea with which it has naval disputes.

Nothing primes and focuses the strategic mind more than the illegitimate use of force and watching the loss of innocent lives in real time. Putin is urging China’s neighbors to remember that revisionist authoritarian states pose the greatest threat to world order and we are no longer living in the benign, post-Cold War 1990s world. For the countries China has its sights on, America has become even more indispensable – and the only way to stop China from starting a fight is to properly prepare for it in the first place.

Under his leadership, China aspires to a so-called community with a common future for mankind. Beijing’s insincerity, indecisiveness and irresponsibility over the past three weeks have made this an even more unappealing prospect for the rest of the world.

John Lee is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. From 2016 to 2018 he was Senior Advisor to the Australian Foreign Secretary.

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