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China aligning with Russia but unlikely to support any Ukraine invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, on Feb 4, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - When Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping just before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, they issued an exceptional 5,300-word joint statement that described the friendship between their two countries as having "no limits".

Significantly, China came out for the first time against Nato expansion, backing Russia's objection to Ukraine joining the Western military alliance.

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