War in Ukraine: Did China have a clue?

Despite the impression that Russian President Vladimir Putin intentionally created, a careful examination of the events suggests that China was, in fact, played. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, one of the most intriguing questions related to China is whether Beijing had been informed of the plan when China and Russia issued their Joint Statement on Feb 4.

Given the strong language about mutual support in that document, if China did indeed know, it would mean it had played the role of an accomplice.

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