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China keeps low profile in US-Russia conflict over Ukraine

For most of the time over the three decades since Ukraine became independent, China used to entertain close relations with the nation. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - In a move which took many Western observers by surprise, the United States has publicly enlisted China's help in defusing the current stand-off between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

"We are calling on Beijing to use its influence with Moscow to urge diplomacy, because if there is a conflict in the Ukraine it is not going to be good for China either," US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told a news conference in Washington on Thursday (Jan 27).

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