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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in China
They have never quite parted ways – China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Wuxi, China, in January 2022.

The West is showing rare unity in the Ukraine war. It wants to persuade Russia to give in by imposing tough sanctions. But the success of these punitive measures depends on China’s behavior. Will Beijing undermine the West’s sanctions to help its partner in Moscow? While Beijing performs a breathtaking balancing act politically, it supposedly sides firmly with Moscow on economic issues. “China and Russia will continue to conduct normal trade cooperation in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

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