China carefully calibrates its position on Ukraine with an eye on the US

One of two billboards in support of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country seen outside the Canadian embassy in Beijing on March 2, 2022. The billboard reads: “We are together with Ukraine”. One of the billboards was later defaced with an anti-Nato slogan. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - A truism often cited in China is that every crisis or weiji presents both danger and opportunity, and the characters for the two separate words come together to make up the Chinese term for crisis.

In the current crisis in Ukraine, prominent Chinese scholar and government adviser Zheng Yongnian sees what he calls a "total collapse" of the current US-led world order, and an opportunity for China to play a bigger role in its remaking.

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