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‘It’s hard not to draw parallels to Taiwan’

Janka Oertel, Director of the Asia Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations

Ms. Oertel, China claims that its policy is consistent, clear and unambiguous. In the Russia-Ukraine conflict, however, it seems as if Beijing is maneuvering and avoiding taking a clear position. On the one hand, it wants to protect the territoriality and sovereignty of states; on the other hand, it refuses to condemn Russia’s actions. China has abstained from voting in the UN Security Council. What are the reasons?

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