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Balancing act in the Ukraine crisis becomes harder

US President Joe Biden at his video summit with Xi Jinping on Friday: How long can China keep up its balancing act?

Even a good three weeks after the war in Ukraine broke out, not a single critical word has been heard from China about the Russian invasion. Beijing is sticking to its diplomatic tightrope act, for which it has to begin to justify itself in the face of growing international pressure. China’s position on the Ukraine conflict is “objective and fair,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi defiantly stressed Saturday. Time would prove that Beijing is “on the right side of history.” China will make “an independent judgment,” the Foreign Ministry quoted Wang as saying. “We will never accept any external coercion or pressure, and we will also oppose any groundless accusations and suspicion against China.”

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