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According to information provided by the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine, the Chinese diplomatic mission altered its position on the security situation three times in less than a week. The Chinese Embassy in Ukraine first recognized the Russia-Ukraine war as a regional battle but subsequently advised Chinese nationals to place Chinese flag stickers on their cars to help assure their safety. However, the Embassy eventually advised Chinese citizens not to expose their identities due to security concerns.
On Feb. 24, the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine began registering its nationals for possible evacuation, the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized forces to invade Ukraine. Singapore started encouraging its residents to depart as early as Feb. 13. Taiwan amended its travel advice on Feb. 16 to urge citizens not to travel to Ukraine. Although China and Russia had a comprehensive security and international affairs summit on Feb. 4, this remains the case.
Moreover, China appears to have arrived on a tangled posture in which it calls on countries to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty while also accepting the validity of Russia’s security requirements. China voted to abstain from a UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia while not agreeing with the international community and labeling Russia’s military operations an invasion.
China is caught in a diplomatic bind, pitting its economic objectives against its ideological and political ambitions. The two nations’ mutual foes drive China and Russia’s alliance. According to Chinese customs figures, the overall amount of China-Russia commerce is around $147 billion. On the other hand, China is less of a buddy for Russia and more of an economic subsidiary to pay its military machine and troops. The cooperation between China and Russia has much fewer shared interests and seems more unstable.
Faced with poverty, isolation and severe ideological clashes in the 1960s, China disassociated itself from the former Soviet Union. As Russia asserts itself globally, China will find it more challenging to maintain a precarious balance between its economic and political goals.