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Words for Ukraine, deeds for China

Xi is making Moscow pay handsomely for his loyalty to Putin.

From a political perspective, Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia was conservative: no impetus for Ukraine but continued close, strategic partnership with Vladimir Putin. Economically, China is coolly exploiting the effect of Western sanctions and deepening Russia’s dependence on the People’s Republic. In the future, Beijing can be expected to make not only economic but also increasingly strategic demands on Moscow.

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