News analysis: War in Ukraine

Ukraine war raises questions about 'legitimate security concerns'

The conflict in Ukraine has thrown up two important questions in geopolitics - what counts as a legitimate security concern and whether the security needs of one country should be at the expense of another's. Both are also relevant in Asia.

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When Russia invaded Ukraine, Moscow sought to justify its aggression by pointing to the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) onto its doorstep as forcing its hand.

China, which has long been vocal about its discomfort with US alliances and security cooperation in its neighbourhood, was quick to pick up on the argument.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2022, with the headline Ukraine war raises questions about 'legitimate security concerns'. Subscribe